Early 1909 Zane Grey novel, "The Last Trail". The father of the western novel, Zane Grey, 1872-1939, was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He wrote 58 Western novels and almost 30 other books. Over 130 films have been based on his work.
The Last Trail is a good example of popular American literature written in the early 20th Century. But it is a somewhat atypical Zane Grey novel in that it is set in what was the first "American West" - the frontier wilderness west of the Appalachians in what is now Ohio and West Virginia. Jonathan Zane and Lewis Whetzel are two frontiersmen that protect the settlement from "Injuns". When Helen, the daughter of one of the settlers, is abducted, Jonathan and Whetzel search the wilderness to get her back. If Jonathan rescues Helen, he will declare his love to her at last and settle down or, if he fails to bring her back, he will die trying. Either way this will be Jonathan Zane's "last trail".
Copyright 1909 by the A. L. Burt Company, this Triangle Books hard-cover edition was published in February 1942, shortly after the beginning of World War Two. Full-color cover art unsigned. There are no illustrations.
Bound in light brown covers with dark brown lettering on spine. Includes full color dust jacket with wonderful full-color cover art on the front and spine. Inside front flap contains an intro to The Lost Trail. Back flap has a list of other available Triangle titles. Full back jacket cover is a list of other Western Adventure Stories sold by Triangle Books, with cover photo images for some titles. Book measures is 7-5/8" x 5-1/4".
PHOTO NOTE: The stark nature of some of the images is a photo distortion, which alters the softer muted textures of the actual book. Photos also tend to exaggerate creases and small flaws, which are usually much less noticeable in person.
CONDITION: Used, but in excellent condition for its age. Complete and tightly bound. Covers are firmly attached, with no separations. Corners are sharp, and cover boards are clean, and show almost no wear. The interior pages are golden brown in color, but clean and unmarked, with no tears. The title page carries a small pencil notation with the original price – 39-cents. Dust jacket is in very good condition. No stains to the front cover. The edges have considerable wear, and small tears, the largest of which is at the lower right front board corner. Some paper loss at the lower spine edge. The back has some stain discoloration, and small edge tears. The corner of the inside rear flap has been torn off along a perforation line. All dust jacket flaws are visible in photos.