Zane Gray fans! Read here about a very rare piece of Zane Gray memorabilia. In 1940 Zane Gray offered to feature a new western novel titled "Twin Sombreros" to The New York Sunday News in a serial form which started on January 14th, 1940, and ran for 15 Sundays ending on April 21st, 1940. Later in 1940 Zane Gray published this new novel in hard copy form. This novel is only a single page taken from the New York Sunday News which featured a single chapter on each side of a page, front and back. All 15 pages are set up the same way. The 15 chapters that ran in this newspaper are the same chapters found in the hard cover publication.
Also featured are two drawings on each page, one on the front and one on the back, totaling 30 stunning illustrations by Steven R. Kidd. Steven R. Kidd was one of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century. If you go online you can read all about the wonderful career of Steven R. Kid.
**Condition of the papers: The pages are clean and the illustrations are all in great condition. The pages are yellowed from age; The 1st, 2nd, 14th, and 15th pages have small cuts or tears along the edges; There is tape on four of the pages; There are tiny to small pieces missing from the bottom edge of the 2nd, 8th, 10th, and 11th pages. Even though there are tears along some of the edges, these tears do not affect the reading of the novel or the illustrations on the pages.
In his 67 years on earth, Zane Gray’s action-packed western novels sold over 100 million copies worldwide and are still selling millions after his death. These fans are always searching for that rare piece of Zane Gray books or memorabilia that they can add to their personal collection. I believe this complete newspaper serial may only be one of a handful in existence. Anyone can say they have a first edition autographed book but not many have the opportunity to hold in their hands this rare find. Oh by the way the next serial after Twin Sombreros was The Lilac Jade by Achmed Abbullah.
A very special gift to present to a big fan of Zane Gray.
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