The Bibliography on this site has this information:
TitleVerso - The 1st edition/1st state of this book states "First edition, November 1937, 10,000 copies" on the title verso (the 1st edition/2nd state does not). Both 1st and 2nd state title verso have “Set up, printed and bound” etc.
But Feain and Aroney, Ion Idriess: An Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography, say;
There are two known variants, both in red cloth and dust wrapper. The first variant has a yellow wrap-a-round with First printing 10,000 copies . . . and the verso of the title page simply states the publishing date, 1937. The second known variant states First edition, November, 1937. 10,000 copies on the verso of the title page.
Feain and Aroney don't say which state (which they term "variant") came first, unless by The first variant, they mean first in time, and this may be the case, or they may just mean there were two variations (in which case it would have been clearer to say, One variant has a yellow . . . the other known variant states . . . ). However that may be, which was the first state? Was it in fact the one that states First edition, November 1937, 10,000 copies on the verso as per this site's Bibliography? Or was it the one that just gives the 1937 date, as Feain and Aroney may be indicating?
First, for a definition of "state" see the article Editions, Impression and Printings in the News and Articles section of this Forum. Second, it should be noted that there were four editions of Over the Range in 1937: Two in November (Feain and Aroney have October! But both the second and third editions note two November editions) and two in December. But the two states (or variations) we are considering are of the first edition: that is, the first printing in November. Third, I have copies of both states (unfortunately, sans Dust Jackets!). Is one more valuable than the other? Not according to this site: the Bibliography just gives a price for first edition without regard to state.
So which state came first? And does it matter? Well, just as first editions are more valuable than second editions, so, it would be assumed, are first states more valuable than second. So, is the first state the book that has First edition, November 1937, 10,000 copies on the verso (and it should be noted this is the correct punctuation, not that as given in Feain and Aroney)? The reasoning for thinking this is the first state is perhaps that the run began with these words on the verso (and a corresponding wrap around band - The dustwrapper for the 1st ed/1st state had a wrap around band, says the Bibliography on this site and Feain and Aroney have a photo of the yellow wrap-a-round with the words, FIRST PRINTING 10,000), and then was dropped for the rest of the run.
But to my thinking, this would be very unusual. It is more likely that words would be added to a print run. And in this case it seems likely, without other information brought to bear, that at some point in the print run it was decided to add the words First edition, November 1937, 10,000 copies to the verso to correspond with the (earlier) wrap-a-round. This is the way Feain and Aroney have it: The wrap-a-round came with the state that has just the date; The First edition, November 1937, 10,000 copies information was added later in the run and the wrap-a-round was no longer added; but perhaps there was some overlap with the wrap-a-round and the two states. Which is first? Who has the wrap-a-round on their edition and which state corresponds to it? But if the wrap-a-round over-lapped both states, we may never know. But here is one more piece of information: One of my first edition copies of Over the Range - the edition state that only has the 1937 date - has an inscription: To Mr Atherton. With the Publishers' Compliments. 8 Nov 1937. Not sure when the print run started or how long it went for, but this seems a fairly early date for a large print run and perhaps points to a first state with just the date?
Can you state which state was first?