Large 8vo. 283 pp, acknowledgments, 11 chapters, epilogue, bibliography, index with color and b&w illustrations throughout. First Printing, 1955. Brown cloth with gilt figures and lettering to front board, black leather backstrip with gilt lettering to spine, and decotative endpapers. “Here you’ll read of Horatio Alger, Jr., Buffalo Bill, Nick Carter (possible the greatest fictional detective of all time), Frank Merriwell, The New York Weekly, Ainslee’s and Smith’s magazines, Theodore Dreiser, O. Henry, Edgar Wallace, Max Brand (and his ten pseudoyms), the Shadow, and all the other landmarks of American publishing that originates with this firm.” from the jacket flap.