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Home > The Writings of Zane Grey > Collector's Guide to First Editions


Collector's Guide to Zane Grey


Harper's Tales of the Frontier Editions

Introduction
Chronological Listing
including Subsequent Printings with Printing Variants
& Foreign Editions with American Sheets

Harper's Tales of the Frontier Editions
Reference



Harper's "First Series" of the Tales of the Frontier was likely issued in 1913 (from code letters) and consisted of eight books (Source: complete set with I-N code letters and a complete set with A-O letters):

Santa Fe's Partner by Thomas A Janier
Judith of the Plains by Marie Manning
The Spoilers by Rex Beach
The Settler by Herman Whitaker
The Squaw Man by Edwin Milton Royle and Julie Opp Faversham
The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey
Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
The Red Lane by Holman Day
Harper's Second Series of the Tales of the Frontier was likely issued in 1915 (from code letters) and consisted of eight books (source: Salesman sample of the second series):
The Barrier by Rex Beach
Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
Lin McLean by Owen Wister
The Maid-at-Arms by Robert W. Chambers
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
King Spruce by Holman Day
The Planter by Herman Whitaker
The Flower of the North by James Oliver Curwood

Heritage of the Desert (1910)
  top↑


Harper & Brothers, NY, no code letters

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters I-N (September 1913)

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters A-O (January 1914)

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters G-O (July 1914)

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters L-O (November 1914)

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters A-P (January 1915)

Harper & Brothers, NY 1910, code letters C-P (March 1915)

Also, later Harper printing with non-embossed cover with Zane Grey on two lines on spine.


Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)  top↑

Harper & Brothers, NY, code letters D-P (April 1915)

Harper & Brothers, NY, code letters K-Q (October 1916)

Also, later Harper printing with non-embossed cover with "Zane Grey" on two lines on spine.


The Lone Star Ranger (1915)  top↑

Harper & Brothers, NY, non-embossed cover with "Zane Grey" on two lines on spine.

Transition Casings

The Last of the Plainsmen (1908)  top↑

Outing Publishing on spine, A.C. McClurg on title page, no notation of "Second Edition".

Note: Other casing variations have original publisher on title page and new publisher on spine. This title has original publisher on spine and new publisher on title page (as does Tales of Swordfish and Tuna).


Tales of Fishes (1919)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap binding, Harper & Brothers, NY, on title page, code letters E-C (May 1928), yellow binding with green lettering.

Tales of Lonely Trails (1922)  top↑

Blue Ribbon on spine, Harpers on title page, code letters E-C (May 1928).

Note: Book bound in blue cloth.


Tales of Southern Rivers (1924)  top↑

Grosset and Dunlap on spine, Harper & Brothers on title page, no code letters and "First Edition" not stated. Binding the same as first G&D edition.

Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas (1925)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap on spine Harpers on title page, no code letters.

Note: Light blue/green cloth with dark blue lettering, no code letters.


Under The Tonto Rim (1926)  top↑

Grosset and Dunlap on spine, Harper & Brother on title page, code letters F-A and "First Edition" stated on copyright page.

Note: Red cloth.


Tales of the Angler's Eldorado New Zealand (1926)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap on spine and Harpers on title page. No code letters or "First Edition".

Note: Binding same as Grosset & Dunlap edition, blue cloth, lettering in lighter blue/green, tope edge stained blue. The book lacks the tissues (with illustrations and captions) that are included in the first printing.


Tales of Swordfish and Tuna (1927)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap on spine and Harpers on title page, no code letters or mention of "First Edition"

Note: Orange cloth, same as Grosset & Dunlap first printing.

Hodder & Stoughton, London, on the title page, code letters H-B (August 1927) and "First Edition" stated and "Printed in the U.S.A." on the copyright page but bound in the Harper's blue cloth.

Note: Top edge stained blue while first printing stained green.

Note: "Harper & Brothers Publishers" below advertisements on verso of half title page has been removed.


Nevada (1928)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap on spine (and dust jacket), Harper & Brothers, NY 1928 on the title page, code letters B-C (February 1928) and "First Edition" stated.

Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing (1928)  top↑

Grosset & Dunlap on spine, Harper & Brothers on title page.

Note: No date on title page, no code letters and no mention of "First Edition" on copyright page, light green cloth.


The Shepherd of Guadeloupe (1930)  top↑

Grosset and Dunlap on spine, Harpers on title page, with code letters C-E and "First Edition" on the copyright page.

Foreign Editions with American Sheets

The Last of the Plainsmen (1908)  top↑

First U.K. edition with bound American sheets. Hodder & Stoughton imprint on the title page and spine. No ads at rear of book.

Tales of Fishes (1919)  top↑

Hodder & Stoughton edition with Hodder title page and "Printed in U.S.A." on copyright page.

Tales of Lonely Trails (1922)  top↑

Hodder and Stoughton, title page tipped in (states Hodder and Stoughton), copyright page states "Copyright 1922/by Zane Grey/Printed in the U.S.A". No code letters.

Note: Book lacks the half title page (and the advertisements on the verso) after the two blank endpapers.


Tales of Southern Rivers (1924)  top↑

Hodder and Stoughton on spine and title page with "Printed in the U.S.A." and "First Edition" on copyright page.

Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas (1925)  top↑

Hodder & Stoughton on spine and title page, code letters K-Z (October 1925) and "First edition" stated , "Printed in the U.S.A." on copyright page.

Under the Tonto Rim (1926)  top↑

Harpers, London edition, with code letters F-A and "First Edition" stated on copyright page and "Printed in the U.S.A."

Note: Blue cloth (not green/blue). Rear panel advertises different books and cites London rather than New York. Other than the rear panel and the binding color, the book is the same as the first U.S. printing.


Tales of the Angler's Eldorado New Zealand (1926)  top↑

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1926 with code letters G-A (July 1926) and "First Edition" stated and "Printed in the U.S.A."

Tales of Swordfish and Tuna (1927)  top↑

Hodder & Stoughton, London, on the title page, code letters H-B (August 1927) and "First Edition" stated and "Printed in the U.S.A." on the copyright page but bound in the Harper's blue cloth.

Note: Top edge stained blue while first printing stained green.

Note: "Harper & Brothers Publishers" below advertisements on verso of half title page has been removed.

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Hodder & Stoughton, London, code letters H-B (August 1927) and "First Edition" stated and "Printed in the U.S.A."

Note: Top edge not stained.


Forlorn River (1927)  top↑

Harper & Brothers, NY 1927, code letters H-B (August 1927) and "First Edition" stated

First English edition, blue cloth, no illustration on front cover of man on horseback riding along mountain trail. Four pages of advertisements are not included in this printing, otherwise the printing is the same as the first edition except for the cover.


Nevada (1928)  top↑

Harper & Brothers, NY 1928, code letters B-C (February 1928) and "First Edition" stated.

First English edition, blue cloth, no illustration on front cover of man on horseback riding along mountain trail.

Note: This book has the same ads in it at the end as the first printing. This book is also very similar to the U.K. printing of Forlorn River.


Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing (1928)  top↑

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1928 with code letters F-C (June 1928) and "First Edition" stated and "Printed in the U.S.A."

Fighting Caravans (1929)  top↑

Possibly exits

An American Angler in Australia (1937)  top↑

Hodder & Stroughton, n.d., copyright page says "Printed in the United States of America".





Introduction
Chronological Listing
including Subsequent Printings with Printing Variants
& Foreign Editions with American Sheets

Harper's Tales of the Frontier Editions
Reference



Additional Reference on First Editions:



A Discussion on First Editions
by Paul Schildgen of "Yesterday's Memories",
with excerpts from Lloyd Rogers' book, Zane Grey First Editions

Variants of Man of the Forest
Variants of Sunset Pass
Variants of The Last of the Plainsmen





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