Gathering of Zion by Wallace Stegner. INSCRIBED BY STEGNER. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, (1964) "First Edition", stated with no statement of later printings. Hardcover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: First state dust jacket with $6.95 price. Wear and bumping to dj edges with some minor tears. 1/2" square chip at top of spine and 1/8" x 1/4" chip at bottom of the spine. There appears to be a grey soiling on the back panel. Now protected by a removable mylar dj cover. BOOK: INSCRIBED BY STEGNER: "For Bill Lane, with admiration for/ his effective interest in the/ West, Western history and/ Western problems./ Wallace Stegner" on the illustrated front endpaper. An association copy. Light sun-fading along the bottom edge of the cover. A few small white stains (totaling about 1") along the top of the back cover. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. DK18a
"As their father phased himself out of the business, Bill took over the Sunset Magazine publishing and brother Melvin (1922–2007) managed the Sunset Books business.
Lane was the first mayor and one of the founders of Portola Valley, California in 1964. From 1975 to 1976, he served as US Ambassador-at-large and lived in Japan. From 1985 to 1989, he was appointed US Ambassador to Australia and Nauru. Ronald Reagan knew Lane from their membership in the Los Rancheros Vistadores horseback riding club.
In 1995, Lane was named Conservationist of the Year by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).
The Lane publishing business was sold to Time Warner in 1990. In March 1993 he was appointed an honorary officer of the Order of Australia for service to Australian-American relations.
In 2006, Lane received the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration's Pugsley Medal in 2006 because of his contributions to parks and conservation with advocacy through his magazine, leadership positions on a host of national and regional boards and advisory committees, and personal philanthropy." wikipedia
"Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called "The Dean of Western Writers". He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977." - wikipedia
They could have met when Stegner was teaching at Stanford University while Sunset was based in near by Menlo Park.