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Book Trails - Complete in 8 Volumes (1946) by Renee B. Stern1946 set
Book Trails, Vol. I: For Baby Feet (1928) by Renee B. Stern1
Book Trails, Vol. II: Through the Wildwood (1928) by Renee B. Stern2
Book Trails, Vol. III: To Enchanted Lands (1928) by Renee B. Stern3
Book Trails, Vol. IV: On the Highroad to Adventure (1928) by Renee B. Stern4
Book Trails, Vol. V: To Turret Tops (1928) by Renee B. Stern5
Book Trails, Vol. VI: At The Crossroads (1928) by Renee B. Stern6
Book Trails, Vol. VII: Winding Westward (1928) by Renee B. Stern7
Book Trails, Vol. VIII: Of Trail Blazers (1928) by Renee B. Stern8
Do You Know Your Child?: Companion Pamphlet to Book Trails by Renee B. Stern
Book Trails, Volume 1: For Baby Feet (1946 edition) by Renée B. Stern1A
Book Trails, Volume 2: For Baby Feet (1946 edition) by Renée B. Stern1B
Book Trails, Volume 3: Through the Wildwood (1946 edition) by Renée B. Stern2A
Book Trails, Volume 4: Through the Wildwood (1946 edition) by Renée B. Stern2B
Book Trails, Volume 5: To Enchanted Lands (1946 edition) by Renee B. Stern3A
Book Trails, Volume 6: To Enchanted Lands (1946 edition) by Renée B. Stern3B
Book Trails, Volume 7: On the Highroad to Adventure (1946 edition) by Renee B. Stern4A
Book Trails, Volume 8: On The Highroad to Adventure (1946 edition) by Renee B. Stern4B

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Series description

Book Trails was originally published as an 8 volume set in 1928 in blue low-embossed bindings with colored pictures on the front. In 1946, the first 4 volumes were re-issued in red high embossed bindings, with each volume split into two, and the volumes were re-numbered. Sometime in between, another set may have been issued in the slimmer red volumes, with all of the titles included, and the numbering of volumes showing Volume 1, part 2, etc.

ETA one menber (chrismilder) has all of the blue titles, but in the red high embossed cover, with a 1929 edition date. Looking closely at Chris's scans, you can see the subtitles. Hmmm.


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