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Tarzan of the Apes

BURROUGHS, EDGAR RICE

Published by Chicago A.C. McClurg 1914 (1914)

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Item Description: Chicago A.C. McClurg 1914, 1914. First Edition, First Binding without the acorn on the spine. In the very rare original 1914 dust jacket. This is the rarest state (for many years unrecorded) where in this copy the title page is a cancel (the title page is mounted on a stub where a leaf has been removed and replaced) with the correct Chicago - A.C. McClurg 1914 imprint on the title page and the printerÕs name appears in a single line in gothic type with the imprint on the copyright page. This version was unknown to Edgar Rice BurroughsÕs various bibliographers over the years Heins, Zeuschner, and only revealed in 2002 in the revised and corrected version of L.W. CurreyÕs Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction, page 75 (only issued on CD rom). Currey describes the copy he discovered as ÒuniqueÓ, however, in recent years, several copies of this state have turned up, making it the rarest of the several states of the book. Since the title page is a cancel replacement by the publisher it might logically follow that his variant replacing another that it is implied that an early incorrect or somehow defective title page created by the printer. Rear hinge cracked, some aging to cloth, a very good copy in a very good original first edition dust jacket which has some restoration by an expert paper conservationist. The character of Tarzan has appeared in BurroughsÕs own sequels, movies, television, comic books, a successful comic strip and spin-off products. Burroughs was the first writer of fiction to shrewdly exploit his creation in a manner which is now considered business as usual. As a matter of fact, Tarzan was the first literary character to be registered as a trademark. He created his own publishing and marketing company, E.R.B. Inc., located in Tarzana, California. Bookseller Inventory # 14599J

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Tarzan of the Apes

BURROUGHS, EDGAR RICE.

Published by Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1914 (1914)

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Item Description: Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1914, 1914. First Edition; Currey's first state (or printing); first binding. Front hinge tape repaired; rear hinge cracked; a good copy in a chipped dust jacket with tape spines. Burroughs' grand-daughter has inscribed the front free endpaper, identifying this as her mother's copy, given to her by E.R.B. In a custom clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 23431

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Tarzan of the Apes

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice |

Published by Toronto: McCelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914. (1914)

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Item Description: Toronto: McCelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914., 1914. The Rarest Tarzan Edition of All An Astonishing Copy In the Scarce First State BindingBURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of the Apes. Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914. True first Canadian edition, first printing (with canceled title), in the first state binding without acorn above the U.S. publisher's slug on spine, and the rarest of all editions; Burroughs's bibliographer, Robert B. Zeuschner, in an interview with us, estimates that were likely only 200-500 copies issued of this edition but Carl Spadoni, bibliographer of McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, reports to us that the true number issued was probably no more than 250. Octavo (7 5/16 x 4 7/8 in; 185 x 124 mm). [2, blank], [8], 400, [1], [5, blank] pp. Title page illustration by Fred J. Arting.Publisher's original dark red cloth. Gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Gilt rules at spine head and tail. Blindstamped panel to upper board. An astonishing, completely untouched, tight, bright and fine copy of a phenomenally rare edition of the utmost scarcity with cancel title page and in first state binding. Housed in a quarter red morocco clamshell case. "The Queen Bee of Tarzan editions," according to Carl Spadoni's report to us, "extraordinarily scarce."OCLC/KVK locate only five copies worldwide: McMaster University, Toronto Public Library, University of Louisville, University of Wyoming, and Bibliothéque et Archives Canada. It is, however, unknown whether all five of these copies possess the canceled title page and are in the first state binding. ABPC reports no copies at auction within the last thirty-five years.On June 14, 1914, publisher A.C. McClurg of Chicago published the first edition in book form of Tarzan of the Apes (his writing published in contemporary pulp magazines, this was his first book) in a printing of 5,000 copies. Unanticipated demand, however, led McClurg to contract with another printer-binder for an additional 2,500 copies. Based upon Henry Heins' Golden Anniversary Bibliography of ERB (1964), for many years it was believed that an acorn above the publisher's name at the foot of the spine indicated the true first edition, first state. As Zeuschner notes, however, subsequent research (Fowler, The Case Against the Acorn, ERB - DOM #19), has firmly established that it was the adjunct printer-binder who added the acorn to the publisher's slug. Thus copies lacking the acorn are ascendant, and, as a result, Heins has revised his opinion. Subsequent printings by McClelland possess an integral title page or have the cancelled title page but are in the McClurg second state "acorn" binding.Spadoni and Donnelly 110. Cf. Zeuschner 696, note. Interview with Robert B. Zeuschner Dec. 28, 2007. Interview with Carl Spadoni, Ph.D, Jan. 2, 2008. Bookseller Inventory # 01179

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Tarzan of the Apes.

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice.

Published by Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914. (1914)

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From: David Mason Books (ABAC) (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Item Description: Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914., 1914. Hardcover. First Canadian edition. 8vo., orig. red cloth, lettered in gilt on the upper cover and spine. This copy has been professionally recased, with the original e/papers, the gilt lettering on the spine is dull/tarnished which makes it a bit difficult to read but in fact this is a very nice copy of a very scarce edition. We have been able to track four other copies of this edition; three of them were ex-library copies with all the faults that implies. Bookseller Inventory # 16207

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TARZAN OF THE APES.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice.

Published by Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1914, (1914)

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Item Description: Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1914, 1914. First edition, first printing. Octavo, original red cloth, front stamped in blind and gold, spine stamped in gold. First printing (Currey "A" binding and printing-with "W. F. Hall Printing Co. / Chicago" set in Old English type on two lines on verso of title leaf, first binding without acorn device on spine panel). First of the Tarzan novels, one of the iconic characters of 20th century fiction, basis for many films, radio shows and television shows. An about near fine copy, small split to lower front hinge, several small very light stain spots to front cover, spine color a bit dull. Bookseller Inventory # 12410

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Tarzan of the Apes

BURROUGHS, EDGAR RICE

Published by Chicago A.C. McClurg 1914 (1914)

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Item Description: Chicago A.C. McClurg 1914, 1914. First Edition, First Binding without the acorn on the spine. This is the rarest state (for many years unrecorded) where in this copy the title page is a cancel (the title page is mounted on a stub where a leaf has been removed and replaced) with the correct Chicago - A.C. McClurg 1914 imprint on the title page and the printerÕs name appears in a single line in gothic type with the imprint on the copyright page. This version was unknown to Edgar Rice BurroughsÕs various bibliographers over the years Heins, Zeuschner, and only revealed in 2002 in the revised and corrected version of L.W. CurreyÕs Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction, page 75 (only issued on CD rom). Currey describes the copy he discovered as ÒuniqueÓ, however, in recent years, several copies of this state have turned up, making it the rarest of the several states of the book. Since the title page is a cancel replacement by the publisher it might logically follow that his variant replacing another that it is implied that an early incorrect or somehow defective title page created by the printer. A good copy with the hinges cracked, flaking of letterting to the spine, wear at the cloth extremities mainly at the bottom of spine. used and read copy of a rarity. The character of Tarzan has appeared in BurroughsÕs own sequels, movies, television, comic books, a successful comic strip and spin-off products. Burroughs was the first writer of fiction to shrewdly exploit his creation in a manner which is now considered business as usual. As a matter of fact, Tarzan was the first literary character to be registered as a trademark. He created his own publishing and marketing company, E.R.B. Inc., located in Tarzana, California. Bookseller Inventory # 14649J

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TARZAN OF THE APES

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

Published by NY: Grosset & Dunlap: 1914 (1927). (1927)

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From: Broadway Books (Garden Valley, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: NY: Grosset & Dunlap: 1914 (1927)., 1927. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Poor. First Grosset & Dunlap. (Fiction) First Grosset & Dunlap printing with silhouette frontis. Small 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with black lettering. 392 pages. Owner's name. Endpapers browned. Only most of front panel and front flap present on dust jacket. Scans available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 003002

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