Tom Swift, In The City of Gold, 1912 Antique Children's Hardcover Book, First Edition, Children's Series, Literature, Adventure, Mystery
A wonderful antique children's hardcover book called Tom Swift In The City Of Gold by Victor Appleton. It is Volume 11 in the original Tom Swift novel series published by Grosset & Dunlap. The book has an art deco style cover with four illustrations with title in the center.
Tom receives a message from his missionary friend in Africa. The message describes a wonderful underground city, filled with treasures of gold, somewhere deep in the heart of Mexico. Not one to turn down an adventure, Tom accepts the challenge to find the lost city. Around this time, Andy Foger and his father had lost their fortunes and are off after Tom's trail in order to steal the treasures from him. In order to make the trip possible, Tom must remodel his previous airship. Tom and friends set off on a tramp steamer to Mexico. On this steamer, they uncover two mysterious passengers whom they confirm to be the Foger's. In Mexico, they hire a team of Mexicans who catch onto the city of gold plot and chase after it in competition with Tom as well as the Foger's. To make things worse, Tom had been warned about "Head Hunters" by his missionary friend. After finding the underground city and losing the trail of the two competing parties, Tom's gang ends up accidentally sealing themselves in the city and will they get out alive???
The character Tom Swift was created by Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging firm. Tom's adventures have been written by various ghostwriters, beginning with Howard Garis. Most of the books are credited to the collective pseudonym "Victor Appleton".
7½ inches in length
5¼ inches in width
Published by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.--1912 First Edition
This book is in Very Good condition. The binding is strong and tight but has wear on the top and bottom of the spine. There is some staining on the inside covers and flyleaves. The pages are yellowed with age and it does have shelf wear. This wear is not unusual for a book that is 104 years old.
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