New York: Harper & Brothers, 1954. First Edition. Near Fine copy with only mild rubbing to crown of spine. In an unclipped VG jacket, slightly toned on spine; some paper loss to crown and foot of spine and to corners, small closed tear to front panel, and closed tear and snag to rear panel. Internally pleasing and apparently unread. One of 800 copies signed by the author on the limitation page and presented to friends and colleagues in the trade.
An important and compelling work of historical fiction, The Searchers follows Amos and Martin as they search for two young women abducted from their adopted family by the Comanches during a raid. While Martin is driven across the plains in hopes of rescuing his sisters, he soon discovers that his brother Amos has a far darker motivation: revenge. "Mart felt shaken up; he had lived with Amos most of his life without suspecting the truth...Amos was -- had always been -- in love with his brother [Henry's] wife" Martha, who had been killed in the raid. "This is historical fiction in the grand manner, combining an exciting story and extensive historical background to create the kind of mythos that is central to a nation's understanding of itself. What emerges is a more balanced sense of how precarious a situation these early homesteaders faced as they pushed into Native territory and, while not justifying hatred, it makes the animus between races more understandable" (Judd). Ultimately, the success of the book led to its transformation into the famous film starring John Wayne. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2310)