New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1929. Hardcover. 329pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Blue cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles and sun designs on the spine and front cover. Decorative endsheets. Good. The edges of the spine and covers are rubbed, and gently bumped. The cloth at the head of the spine is just a little frayed, and the underlying boards are just beginning to peek through at the corners. The top edge of the text block is darkened and scratched. Slight spine slant. The text block is cracked several times. Yellowed pages. The dust jacket is in good condition as well. Mildly age-toned and rubbed. The edges have numerous losses and closed tears. The largest loss measures 2 inches wide by 1 inch deep. There are several pieces of tape backing the tears. Item #34714
From the rear of the dust jacket- "When the Cherokee Strip was opened up to homesteaders, there were some who beat the gun signal over the line and reached the choice spots 'sooner' than the others- whence the title. The author was actually in that giant race and claims still to carry the dust of it in his hair. A thrilling dramatic tale- with an authentic background."