Volume 11 – Tom Swift in the City of Gold, published in 1912
Volume 12 – Tom Swift and His Air Glider, published in 1912
Volume 13 – Tom Swift In Captivity, published in 1912
Volume 20 – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders, published in 1917
Volume 21 – Tom Swift and His War Tank, published in 1918
The distinctive Grosset & Dunlap covers feature a two-color quad design with central title oval. None of the books have dust jackets, and all have significant condition issues, owing to their age. Some have writing on the front pages, spines separating from pages, partial (ripped) front pages, and damage to spines and covers. All but one of the books has a black & white illustration in the front pages (see second to last photo). The books are best used as decorative objects on cabin bookshelves, and we love them wrapped in twine as in the first photo.
According to Wikipedia, Tom Swift is the main character of five series of American juvenile science fiction and adventure novels that emphasize science, invention and technology. First published in 1910, the series total more than 100 volumes. The character 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.
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