New York: Random House, 1948. 216p., true first edition hardcover in dj, good to very good copy measuring 7.5x5 inches, tan cloth boards spine-titled black in an unclipped dust jacket. The book itself is clean, sound, square and lies flat; head and tail are slightly crimped, there's a small discoloration midway of the spine panel, general faint edgewear to extremities (no fray, no turning of corners, no tears), only one mark, the ownership signature of one Lee Silva, datelined July 16 1948 and hand-printed small on the pastedown. Dust jacket is quite presentable, there are neat clear-tape strengthenings to verso, strips which while still holding well and applied dexterously do overlap onto recto, especially onto the back-panel portrait of author. There are several tiny marginal chips (only one draws the eye, this is atop spine rim). Ergo, a good to very good copy, into which has been laid a leaf from the pocketbook edition, its "cast of characters" leaf; it is acidic and has toned adjacent copyright and dedication pages of the hardbound.
The ownership might well have been the Lee Silva, lounge singer &c who also acted in cowboy media. He was born a little too late to have been cast in Red River. Chase's novel was scooped up immediately and he worked on the filmscript: he was Frank Fowler to his parents, to Chicago gangsters in his wheelman days, and to the readers of his first novel "Sand Hog," not a western. Mr Fowler took his first name from milk and his last from the bank.