Zurich: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1929. First edition. Hardcover. 192pp. Small quarto [23.5 cm] Light and dark green cloth covered boards. Green endpapers. Good only. The backstrip is torn and chipped with loss, and it is coming away from the spine. The endsheets are sunned, and the front hinge has been dabbed. The text block is cracked a couple of times. Hagemann 118, Howard 5a, Recknagel 447. Treverton 427a. Item #39517
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.