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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915. Second Printing [stated]. Hardcover. 148,  pages. DJ is worn, torn, with substantial chips at edges and spine. Pencil erasure residue on fep. Owen Wister (July 14, 1860 – July 21, 1938) was an American writer and historian, considered the "father" of western fiction. He is best remembered for writing The Virginian and a biography of President Ulysses S. Grant. He began his literary work in 1882, publishing the novel The New Swiss Family Robinson. Mark Twain himself wrote to Wister, praising it. Wister had spent several summers out in the American West, making his first trip to Territory of Wyoming in 1885. Like his best friend Teddy Roosevelt, Wister was fascinated with the culture, lore and terrain of the region. The Virginian is widely regarded as being the first cowboy novel and it stands as one of the top 50 best-selling works of fiction, and is considered the basis for the modern fictional cowboy portrayed in literature, film and television.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Presumed First Edition/. First Printing [stated]. Hardcover. xii, 562 pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Warren Zimmermann (November 16, 1934 – February 3, 2004) was an American career diplomat best known as the last US ambassador to SFR Yugoslavia before its disintegration in a series of civil wars. Zimmermann was a member of the Yale Class of 1956, and a member of Scroll and Key Society. Following his ambassadorship in Yugoslavia, Zimmermann authored two books: Origins of a Catastrophe: Yugoslavia and Its Destroyers — America's Last Ambassador Tells What Happened and Why,published in 1996, and First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power, a work about Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Hay, Elihu Root, and Admiral Alfred T. Mahan, published in 2002.