Titles in the American Trails Series
Arranged by date of publication.


 

Some Background Information on The American Trails Series


The American Trails Series was initiated by The Bobbs-Merrill company in 1947 with the publication of The Wilderness Road by Robert Kincaid.  Under the leadership of the series' editor, Jay Monaghan an historian for the State of Illinois, two more volumes in the series were produced.  For whatever reason the publisher discontinued the series in 1948 with the publication of The National Road by Philip Jordan.  The series was however picked up again by McGraw-Hill in 1962 using the same name for the series and placing editorial control in the hands of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.  Under Guthrie's leadership fifteen more volumes were produced by McGraw-Hill many of them written by some of this country's most capable writer/historians.  Although there seems to be no direct connection between these two publishing houses most collectors of The American Trails Series believe that a complete collection of The Trails Series must contain the three Bobbs-Merrill titles as well as the fifteen published by McGraw-Hill.  The list that follows is only a partial representation of all eighteen titles.

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  • The Overland TrailThe Overland TrailRoll over Image to expandThe Overland Trail by Monaghan, Jay, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1947. First Edition. Near fine in bright red, gilt decorated cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with decorated map end papers. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 3/4". In a very good-, price clipped dust jacket with rubbing and wear across the upper and lower edges of the spine area and rubbing and wear to the folds with chipping of the colors (not the underlying paper) at the fold to the front panel from the spine. The second volume in The American Trails Series which followed The Wilderness Road. Three volumes were published by Bobbs-Merrill before the series was continued by McGraw-Hill. 431 paqes including an index.
    TB28016  $50.00



  • The Overland TrailThe Overland TrailRoll over Image to expandThe Overland Trail by Monaghan, Jay, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1947. First Edition. Near fine in gilt decorated red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping & map end papers. An octavo of 8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches. In a very good, unclipped dust jacket with a 1 inch closed tear at the lower edge of the spine area and with light wear and rubbing across the top edge of the spine area and nicks over the tips of the boards. Signed by the author on a tipped in page. The second volume in The American Trails Series which followed The Wilderness Road. Three volumes were published by Bobbs-Merrill before the series was continued by McGraw-Hill. 331 pages w/ index.
    TB29393  $175.00



  • The Wilderness RoadThe Wilderness RoadRoll over Image to expandThe Wilderness Road by Kincaid, Robert L., Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1947. First Edition. Near fine in red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and the same on the front board. An octavo of 8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches. In a very good+, unclipped dust jacket with rubbing and wear to the upper edge of the spine area with two small chips at the upper corners of the same. Signed by the author on the second free end page. The first volume in The American Trails Series by Bobbs-Merrill. It is fitting that this book examines the first trail opened to begin the settlement of the west through what is now Virgina, Tennessee and Kentucky. A very handsome, tight and clean copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29395  $175.00



  • The National RoadThe National RoadRoll over Image to expandThe National Road by Jordan, Philip D., Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1948. First Edition. Fine in decorated red cloth covered boards with gilt text stampings on the spine and front board and with map end papers. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 3/4". In a very good, unclipped dust jacket with a 1/2" by 1/3" deep chip from the upper edge of the spine area with rubbing and wear to the rest of that upper edge and small chips over the tips of the boards. Signed with no inscription by the author on third free end paper. The third volume in The American Trails Series by Bobbs-Merrill which is exceedingly difficult to locate in a collectable jacket. 442 pages including an index and bibliographical notes. Illustrated with 25 black and white photographs. A very handsome and tight copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29394  $175.00



  • The Golden Road by Riesenberg, Felix, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962. Sixth Printing. Fine in decorated black cloth covered boards with a prior owner's name on the first free end paper. In a near fine dust jacket with slight tanning of the spine area. The 4th volume in the Trails of America Series. The trail that started in Mexico and went north up the California coast to San Francisco.
    TB09439  $20.00



  • The California Trail by Stewart, George R., New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1962. Tenth Printing. Very good+ in ivory cloth covered boards with gilt text and red decorations on the spine and on the front board. In a very good+ price clipped dust jacket. 339 pages including an index. Illustrated with maps and line drawings. The fourth volume in The American Trails Series which deal with the various wagon roads to California from Council Bluffs, St. Joseph and Indpendence.
    TB24327  $20.00



  • The Gathering of ZionThe Gathering of ZionRoll over Image to expandThe Gathering of Zion by Stegner, Wallace, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1964. First Edition, in second state dust jacket. Fine in purple cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine with only a hint of fading at the heel of the spine. (More often than not this title is found with fairly typical fading of the board's edges as the purple cloth is very prone to fading.) In a very good+ unclipped second state dust jacket with a slightly tanned spine area which is also lightly rubbed at its upper edge. The sixth volume in The American Trails Series and one of the fifteen in the series produced by McGraw-Hill. The story of the Mormon Trail. 331 pages including an index, bibliography, text and a section of illustrations of reproductions of contemporary art. A very handsome and collectable copy.
    TB19144  $75.00



  • The Great North Trail by Cushman, Dan, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1966. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in blue cloth covered boards with the outer edges of the very faintly faded and with minor dust staining to the top edge. In a very good+ price clipped dust jacket with minor wear and rubbing to the ends of the spine area and nicks to the fore corners of the panels. "America's route of the ages - from Asia across Alaska down the Rocky Mountains to the plains of Texas." The 8th volume in The American Trails Series.
    TB15720  $24.50



  • The Bloody Bozeman by Johnson, Dorothy M., New York: McGraw-Hill Book, 1971. First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in black cloth covered boards but with a prior owner's name stamped on the front end paper & tape stains to both end papers. In a near fine dust jacket with the price intact but with tape stains at the flap ends where they were once taped to the end papers of the book. The tenth volume in The American Trails series which covers the "perilous trail to Montana's Gold." 306 pages including an index and bibliography.
    TB01441  $24.50



  • The Long TrailThe Long TrailRoll over Image to expandThe Long Trail by Soule, Gardner, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in red and blue cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine. The cloth at the heel of the spine shows very minor rubbing; otherwise the book is in fine condition. In a very good dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap but with a 1/8" chip at the upper fore corner of the front panel and with two short 1/4" closed tears at the upper edge of the spine area with minor related creasing. The 14th volume in The American Trails Series and the most difficult title in the series to locate. 341 pages with index and bibliography. A very tight, crisp and clean copy with no marks, dates or prior owner's names or book plates.
    TB18560  $200.00



  • Crooked Road The Story Of TheCrooked Road The Story Of TheRoll over Image to expandCrooked Road The Story Of The Alaska Highway by Remley, David A., New York: McGraw Hill, 1976. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in brown and tan cloth covered boards with a hint of rubbing at the heel of the spine and faint spots of foxing to the second free end page, title page and fore edge of the text block. In a near fine, unclipped jacket with very faint soiling to the front panel near the spine area. The 13th volume (and one of the most elusive) in the American Trails Series. 253 pages including an index, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with a map and a section of black and white photographs.
    TB30156  $45.00






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