Zurich: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1936. First edition, second state. Hardcover. 264pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Light blue cloth covered boards with red ink stamped titles. Very good. The spine and edges of the covers are faded. The cloth boards are just a little foxed and warped. The cloth at the spine ends is chipped, and the corners of the covers are gently bumped. The underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. There are several minor stains on the edges of the text block. There is a bookseller's small bookplate on the front pastedown. The text block is fragile at the center, however it is still very sturdy. Pages mildly browned. Item #35159
Treverton 771-2. Traven is one of the most mysterious figures of 20th-century literature. His true identity is still subject to much doubt. Although Traven claimed to be an American, his most famous works were first published in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. Nothing definitive is known about Traven's beginnings. Never the less, Traven's novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and they have sold more than 25 million copies.