The first hardcover edition of The American Southwest has the letter A on the inside flap of the dustjacket, along with a price of $2.50. Copyright 1955 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. Designed and produced by The Sandpiper Press and Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. by Western Printing and Lithographing Company. The number on the spine is T-100. The decorated endpapers show a map of the United States. This is basically the same map that was used for The Pacific Northwest and The American Southwest. This book claims to be the first in a series of Golden Regional Guides. Because of this claim I believe Italy is technically a travel guide. Italy is numbered T2 and also printed in 1955. Italy does not list other titles in the series. I think all the books in the T series were going to be marketed as travel guides. But only Italy received that distinction. This book is listed as a Golden Regional Guide on the cover. (same as image #1)
The first softcover edition of The American Southwest has an A100100 on the inside front cover. The number on the spine is T1. No numbers on the cover. (image #1)
When Golden Press published The American Southwest they changed the title. Simply called The Southwest. Number on the spine is T1. Cover price is $1.00. Later editions have the number 24001. Letter code H on page 160. (image #2)
An interesting item that came with my hardcover edition of The American Southwest was some type of customer satisfaction card.
Image #2 also exists in a large (5 ¼ by 7 ¾ inch) hardcover. The number on the back cover is 63521.
No revised edition exists. Out of print.