Stated First Printing. Hardback Book with Dust Jacket and Author's Letter is in Very Good Plus condition with a tight binding and clean crisp pages. Inside text is in Excellent condition and appears to be unread and unused! Includes Author's letter from Sterling North written to "Dear Young Reader"- these were provided to members of the "Young Readers of America" club. The letter is in nice condition with only the top edge showing some wear and darkening. Outside Cloth Cover are very nice with one bump to the top front edge. Dust Jacket shows some minor soiling primarily to the back cover, edge chipping and some small missing pieces primarily at the top and bottom of the outside spine. Dust Jacket is now covered by a new clear mylar cover. Book has come from a private collection. Landmark Books and World Landmark Books are accurate, in-depth stories for young people in the 9-15 year old range. These living histories were written by award-winning authors or by men and women who experienced the events first hand. Written during the 1950's and 1960's and illustrated either with two-color drawings or clear photographs, the books are informative, enjoyable, and well worth reading and collecting. A nice book!