Tarzan Of The Apes (Signed)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers
Date Published: 
Edition: First Grosset & Dunlap reprint, with the silhouette of Tarzan in
Book Id: 46599
SIGNED. 392pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Red cloth over boards with the title stamped in black on the spine and front cover. Publisher's dark green top stain. Very good. Rubbed and bumped at the spine ends and corners of the covers (the underlying boards are just barely peeking through at the bottom fore edge corners). The covers are just a bit soiled, and there are four small, light moisture stains on the front cover. The most prominent stain is in the lower, right corner of the front cover, and measures 1 and 1/4" tall by 1/2" wide, at the widest point. The text block edges are lightly foxed, and the pages are tanned. Zeuschner 701. Signed by Edgar Rice Burroughs on the front free endpaper.
A signed reprint of the story that made Burroughs' fortune, and a story which was followed by over twenty sequels. The novel relates the story of John Clayton, who was born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, who unfortunately die relatively early in his life. He is then adopted as an infant by the she-ape Kala and named "Tarzan" ("White Skin" in the language of the apes) and raised without knowledge of his human heritage. Renowned science fiction bibliographer, E. F. Bleiler states in "Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day," that Tarzan of the Apes is perhaps the only character in twentieth-century English literature to achieve universal familiarity. Bleiler goes on to explain, that Burroughs' first novel, Under the Moons of Mars, garnished little attention, however his second, Tarzan of the Apes (All Story, October 1912), was an instant success, and within two years Burroughs was writing full-time. Over the next thirty-five years he wrote over one hundred novels and short stories, and it is claimed that his books sold close to six million copies during his lifetime. His individual stories were commonly published in magazines and books, translated into foreign languages, serialized in newspapers, published in comic books and strips, as well as published as "Big-Little" books, read over the radio, and turned into motion picture productions.