[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage. Zane Grey.
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage
"Perhaps the finest moment in all Western fiction"

[FIRST EDITION]. Riders of the Purple Sage

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912. First Edition, 2nd printing. 8vo. [8] 334 [1] pp. Complete with frontispiece and 3 full-page illustrations. Original brown decorative cloth with pictorial onlay (somewhat worn, spine dulled, top edges dust-soiled; slight shelf lean; some offsetting to pages opposite the three plates; title-page tissue guard foxed as is always the case). Lacking the extremely rare dust-jacket. Hinges perfectly sound. NO ugly markings or stamps whatsoever. NOT ex-library! Very good. Item #3566

"Perhaps the most famous Western of all" (Western Writers, p. 154).

"Grey's women characters are usually one-dimensional props ... Riders has one of his strongest women ... [who] inherited a vast cattle ranch in southern Utah from her Mormon father." (Jordan, Cowgirls, p. 292).

"The Mormon Trek and the settlement of Utah were events of much historical importance.... In [this book] the Mormons are the villains. This is the only one of Grey's novels that will be mentioned as a High Spot here. Zane's horses and the gunman hero, Lassiter, a former Texas Ranger, are certainly memorable as is the climax, the rolling of the balance rock to close the narrow pass in the very teeth of the pursuing Mormons. Dr. Powell calls this 'perhaps the finest moment in all western fiction.'" (Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 34).

From the Dorothy Sloan Collection of Women in the West.

CATALOGER'S NOTE: The Zane Grey Bibliography fails to untangle the various issues / states / printings of the first edition of "Riders." Our copy presumably belongs to the second printing of the first edition, with points: "MCMXII" on the title-page, and the copyright date of "1912" on the verso of the title-page. On the verso of the title-page is the copyright statement (3 lines at the bottom concluding “Published January, 1912). In the center of the page is a BOX listing 4 previous Grey publications PLUS "Riders. We have seen an example in which this box has the 4 previous Gray publications listed, but not "Riders." Finally, there are NO code letters on the verso of the title-page (these codes indicate later printings).

A good copy of the first edition, with a notable provenance. With some faults, and priced accordingly.

Flake 3724n: "Novel with Mormon background." King, Women in the Cattle Country, p. 16.

Price: $480.00