Tarzan of the Apes


Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of the Apes. NY: A.L. Burt (ca. 1918). 12mo, [viii] 401pp. + [4] advts. Green cloth stamped in black. A clean, bright copy with spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, former owner’s name, city, and state embossed towards bottom of front free endpaper, lower corner of pp. 55-56 bears evidence of having been folded, in original color pictorial dust jacket (chipping and wear at edges, soiled and sunned, but still whole).

Early reprint, ca. 1918, issued from the plates of the McClurg 1914 first edition with its copyright page but with a new title page and frontispiece based on the original McClurg title page.  Robert Zeuschner calls for the Burt first printing to be lettered in white and to have embossed lines on cover--this copy has the embossed lines, but the title is printed in black. The first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 24 book series detailing the adventures of Tarzan from his childhood being raised by apes in the jungle to his eventual encounters with other humans and Western society. First published in the pulp magazine The All-Story this is an early reprint of the title that started it all and inspired the many films.