Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co. 1936. First Edition. Cloth. Small 8vo (7 1/2" x 5 1/8"), red cloth with black lettering on spine and front cover, 240 pages + [241-250: Ads for Hal Kenton Disappears & A Wild Night on Lost Island by Stuart. Near Fine / Fine. Item #2418
"Gordon Stuart" (pseudonym for Harry Lincoln Sayler: 1863 - 1913) was a Midwestern author who wrote several books for boys, most notably his Boy Scouts of the Air series (1918; e.g., Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land).
Harry Lincoln Sayler was a newspaperman and novelist, who wrote under his own name and pseudonyms, including as a ghost writer for a popular youth fiction series. As a newspaperman in Chicago, he eventually became general manager of the Chicago City News Bureau and a prominent history buff.
Sayler wrote three series of juvenile fiction relating to the then-novel technology of airplanes and flight. He wrote the Boy Scouts of the Air series--and this related title--under the pen name "Gordon Stuart"; the Aeroplane Boys series as "Ashton Lamar"; a Boys' Big Game series as "Elliott Whitney"; and the Airship Boys series under his own name.
These marvellous Reilly & Lee / Gordon Stuart stories for young people were principally intended for boys (other pubs were for "girls" as well as "girls and boys"). Unfortunately, they were printed on the highly acidic paper of the time, so this copy--like others by Reilly & Lee--is uniformly age-toned and tan. Pages are also brittle, but in this case, they are nearly completely chip-free!
The BRILLIANT dust jacket with its Art Deco Indian treatment is RARE! It has a few very small, clean nicks.
The story centers on using an airplane to track down a "Thunderbird" on a ranch in New Mexico.