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    Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan and the Golden Lion. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1923. First edition of the ninth Tarzan story, published March 24, 1923. Octavo (7.25 x 4.9375 inches; 184 x 126 mm.). [8], 333, [2, advertisements], [1, blank] pages. Eight sepia plates, including frontispiece, by J. Allen St. John (1872-1957). "M. A. DONOHUE & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, CHICAGO" (verso of title-page). McClurg printed 25,000 copies. Original mustard-colored cloth ruled and lettered in dark green on front cover and spine. Shaken and slightly skewed; boards a bit bowed; slight roll to spine; spine extremities and corners lightly rubbed, with cloth beginning to fray; some soiling to cloth; free endpapers darkened slightly; two small faint stains outer edge of rear free endpaper; top edge dust-soiled; edges and endpapers lightly foxed. occasional foxing in the text; two-inch tear from the outer edge into the text on pages 83/84, affecting a couple of letters (no loss); center two leaves of several gatherings with diagonal crease in the upper margin, sometimes entering text; over-opened between pages 56 and 57 and pages 120 and 121; plate facing page 272 becoming loose, with small portion of lower gutter corner folded up; a few leaves with tiny edge dings; a few marginal paper flaws (that appear as bumps or flaps); occasional faint marginal staining or smudging. A very good copy. In the original three-color pictorial dust jacket with artwork by J. Allen St. John on the front panel (reproduced on the plate facing page 272). Jacket professionally backed and restored, but with folds beginning to crack in a few places; rear panel with a small hole, affecting one letter in the text, and a small repaired hole affecting another; jacket spine and rear panel somewhat darkened. Jacket presents very well. Housed in a linen slipcase.

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    "There are variations in the thickness of this book; some are rather thick, others are the standard width. No priority has been established" (Zeuschner (2016)). The sheets of this copy bulk 1.375 inches (34 mm.).

    "The dust jacket illustration on this book and an interior plate are the source for the classic image of Tarzan walking, spear in hand, alongside his golden lion" (Zeuschner (2016)).

    Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 324 ("Burroughs was generally intolerant racially and ethnically, but the rancor is exceptionally strong here. Blacks, Germans, and Jews all catch it"); Bleiler, The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction (1978), p. 36; Heins GL-1 ("Raising a lion cub to maturity, Tarzan has a fearless, fearsome and faithful lifelong companion"); Reginald 02321; Zeuschner (1996) 582; Zeuschner (2016), p. 349, no. 2.

    "This Tarzan tale is the first book that Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote by dictating into a recording device called an Ediphone. His notebook mentions this event occurring on February 10, 1922. Burroughs worked on this story between February and May 1922, and then Argosy All-Story Weekly published it as a seven-part serial [December 9, 16, 23, 30, 1922; January 6, 13, 20, 1923] with a strong front cover illustration (December 9 issue) by P. J. Monahan (1882-1931). In addition, there is one black-and-white illustration in each installment, by an artist named Stout" (Zeuschner (2016)).

    "On the way home [from Pal-ul-don], Tarzan comes upon a lion cub whose mother has just been killed. Instead of knifing it, as might have been expected, Tarzan decides to rear it as a pet. It grows up to be a fine specimen, obedient to Tarzan's will, and it saves his life several times. The lion's name is Jad-bal-ja, which in Pal-ul-donese means Golden Lion" (Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years).

    Tarzan and the Golden Lion was made into a silent movie in 1927, produced by Joseph P. Kennedy, directed by J. P. McGowan, and starring James H. Pierce (who later became Burroughs's son-in-law) as Tarzan, and Boris Karloff (as Owaza-his first appearance in a film). A "photoplay edition" was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1927, illustrated with scenes from the photoplay.



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