Chicago: The Book Supply Company, 1911. First Edition. A remarkably well-preserved copy of Wright's best-selling western novel (ca.2.8 million copies), dealing with "the reclamation of the Imperial Valley and the formation of the Salton Sea in 1906 and 1907. The heroine, a foundling rescued from the desert, wins and chooses between several suitors" (Baird 2698). Basis for Henry King's 1926 film adaptation, starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, and a young Gary Cooper, in his first major picture. Item #4712
First Printing. Octavo (19.75cm); vertically-ribbed maroon cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; ,11-511,pp ads, with frontispiece and five illustrations by F. Graham Cootes. Contemporary ink inscription on front endpaper, faint spot of discoloration to front cover, with upper corner of front cover gently tapped (though still sharp); contents fresh; very Near Fine. Dustjacket priced $1.30 net on spine; lightly edgeworn and dust-soiled, with a few tiny nicks and tears, shallow staining along upper edge of front panel, with a scuff to rear panel; an unrestored, Very Good+ example.