Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American dentist and novelist. This was his first novel, published at his own expense by Charles Francis Press Publishers in 1903. He struggled for success but eventually published more than 90 novels which sold more than 40 million copies and led to over 100 films and two television series. His most famous novel was probably Riders of the Purple Sage (Harper Brothers, 1912) which is considerd to be one the most popular novels of the American West and made 'Westerns' a popular literary genre. Hodder & Stoughton were his main publishers in the U.K. although they didn't publish Riders of the Purple Sage; it was issued in 1919 by Thomas Nelson and Sons.
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: HOD-20.1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: 16 mo in two gatherings of 4 and 12 leaves
Pages: xii, 306
Binding: Red cloth with impressed H&S, vertical lines and drapery. Title, author, logo and published in black on the spine.
Size: 182 x 116 mm
Dust jacket: signed Blam centre, right of candle
Internal illustrations: none
Price: 2 shillings
Printing history: In later edition: First published October 1920. Thirty-first edition August 1940
Printed by: Richard Clay & Sons Ltd., Bungay, Suffolk
Image of dust jacket (click to enlarge)
Image of dust jacket 31st edition (1940) (click to enlarge)