Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, Adventures Over the Forest Fire: Appleton, Victor (... Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, Adventures Over the Forest Fire: Appleton, Victor (... Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, Adventures Over the Forest Fire: Appleton, Victor (... Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, Adventures Over the Forest Fire: Appleton, Victor (...

Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, Adventures Over the Forest Fire

Appleton, Victor (Howard R. Garis)

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1931
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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"Very-good" book with Christmas, 1931 (NON-authorial) gift inscription to front pastedown. Jacket very good, bright & clean, with a closed one-inch tear to top of rear panel. This book lists 33 Tom Swift titles (through "Big Dirigible") both to copyright page and in ad pages at rear -- and also nine Hardy Boys titles at rear, through "Airport Mystery" (1930.) But jacket front flap lists a 34th TS title, "His Sky Train," in addition to "Dirigible," indicating this is a second or later printing, 1931, of the 33rd book in the series. Perhaps beside the point, but gosh, this thing is weird. Why would anyone want a thousand-foot, metal plated dirigible (one-third larger than the Graf Zeppelin?) And who cares that the customer wants late design changes, if you're building on a cost-plus contract? Meantime, it wasn't bad enough that the Swift family's household servants comprise a retarded giant named Koku and a "shuffling darky" named Eradicate Andrew Jackson Sampson (though now bereaved in the loss of his beloved mule); now we also need to introduce . . . an evil dwarf? Howard R. Garis (1873-1962), of Uncle Wiggily fame and here writing under the Appleton house name, was presumably not entirely at fault, as we know he could do better. Edward Stratemeyer died in 1930, so whether Garis was working here from one of the founder's outlines, or whether daughters Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Edna Stratemeyer Squier dreamed this one up, is unclear. One interesting point of note, however, is that Tom Swift is portrayed here as "newly married," while Kismaric and Heiferman report sales were observed to drop in outings where the heroes married, leading Harriet S. Adams to subsequently rule none of the syndicate's leading characters would ever again be allowed to wed. (You don't suppose it could have been the evil dwarf, Harriet, or the demented Italian puppeteers?) Ten "Don Sturdy" books to jacket rear panel; 214 pp. followed by 6-pg. catalog of publisher's additional titles. Reduced from $82. Bookseller Inventory # 004819

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Title: Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / or, ...

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York

Publication Date: 1931

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrations by Walter S. Rogers

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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