In honor of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ birthday, we present an assortment of collectible editions, just a few examples from his prodigious output. His wrote novels ranging from science fiction to westerns to mysteries—and, of course, the Tarzan books.
Our South Lamar store in Austin, has acquired several early Grosset & Dunlap reprints of Burroughs novels, including The Mucker (1921), The Chessmen of Mars (1922), Pellucidar (1923), and The Eternal Lover (1925). All of these books are in dust jackets, in Good to Very Good condition. Prices range from $40 to $75. Another volume, not issued in a dust jacket, is The Illustrated Tarzan Books No. 1, published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1929, a graphic novel with 300 black & white illustrations by Harold Foster. Boards are heavily rubbed and bumped. Its price is $40.
The store also offers a 5.75” x 3.5” card, signed and inscribed by Burroughs “To Preston Sawyer, Best Wishes, Tarzana Jan. 4, 1929.” There is a certificate of authenticity that describes Sawyer (1899-1968) as a journalist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and an avid collector of autographs and other memorabilia. The autograph card is priced $350.
Our Flagship store in Dallas also recently took in a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs hardbacks, published not only by Grosset & Dunlap, Canaveral Press and McClurg, but also by Burroughs’ own publishing company. Highlights include a first edition of Escape on Venus (1946), as well as early reprints of A Fighting Man of Mars, Pellucidar and Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. Prices range from $50 to $100. Condition is Good to Very Good. The Flagship also got a bunch of ERB paperbacks and a 1942 big-little-book edition of Tarzan the Terrible ($40).
If you’re interested in purchasing any of these treasures, contact The Buy Guy!
A Desperate Man—With a wife, two kids and a baby on the way, Burroughs tried and failed at a number of attempts to make some money. His first book, Under the Moons of Mars, arose out of this need for cash and netted him $400, a nice sum back in the day.
Tarzan on the Big Screen—The first movie Tarzan, in 1918, was played by Elmo Lincoln. Lincoln went on to play small roles, uncredited, in two 1940s Tarzan movies.
100-Year Baby—In 1900, Burroughs married Emma Hulbert. Born in 1876, she was given the middle name Centennia.