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    Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan Lord of the Jungle. Chicago, Illinois: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1928. First edition of the eleventh Tarzan novel, first printing, with no printing statement on the copyright page. Published September 15, 1928. Octavo (7.3125 x 4.875 inches; 186 x 123 mm.). [8], 377, [3, blank] pages. Frontispiece and four plates by J. Allen St. John (1872-1957). "Map of the Valley of the Sepulcher from Sketch Made by Tarzan for Edgar Rice Burroughs" in the text on page 314 ("by Burroughs himself, who often drew maps while writing his novels" (Zeuschner)). McClurg acorn device on copyright page. Publisher's bright green linen-grain cloth stamped and lettered in black on front cover and spine. Slightly skewed; small abrasion and dark stain to the "N" in "TARZAN" on the front cover; additional tiny black spot in the lower portion of the front cover; slight indentation to top edge of rear cover; spine extremities rubbed, with a few tiny areas about to fray; front pastedown creased. Text a little age-darkened (a fault common to this edition of the book); some foxing to the plates and adjacent text leaves; light offsetting from the plates to facing text pages. Otherwise a fine copy. In the original color pictorial dust jacket with artwork by J. Allen St. John on the front panel (reproduced as the plate facing page 56, captioned: "Steely fingers encircled the snake just back of its head"), with the $2.00 price on the spine and rear panel. A little wear and creasing along the top edge of the rear flap, rear panel, and spine, and top and bottom of folds, especially the flap folds; small faint blue streak on the verso of the rear panel at the top edge. This unrestored dust jacket is a very fresh example.

    Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 326 ("Lost-race adventure, with Tarzan as deus ex arbore, occasionally assisted by Jad-bal-ja, the Golden Lion"); Bleiler, The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction (1978), p. 36; Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 124; Heins LJ-1 ("Battling Arab slavers, Tarzan and an American discover two lost cities of 12th century knights"); Reginald 02330; Zeuschner (1996) 682; Zeuschner (2016), p. 412, no. 2.


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    Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle was first published as a six-part serial in The Blue Book Magazine, December 1927 and January-May 1928, with front cover illustration for the first two issues: December 1927 by an unidentified artist, and January 1928 by J. Allen St. John ("St. John's first magazine illustration for an ERB story" (Zeuschner)). There were numerous interior black-and-white illustrations by Frank Hoban (1870-1943).

    A. C. McClurg printed this title on four separate occassions [sic] for a total of only 7,500 copies making this the smallest print-run of any Tarzan first edition by this publisher. Each printing, except the first, is labeled accordingly. The 2nd printing states 'Second Printing' and the date printed, in this case 'September', same month as the first edition printing. The 3rd and 4th also states 'Third' and 'Fourth' printing. All of the printings are identical otherwise. It is unknown how many of each printings were made. The first state of this first edition is one of the scarcest ERB first edition books to locate" (http://www.erbfirsts.com/tarzan-html/t11.asp).

    "The first edition has a typographical error on page 208; the bottom line is transposed with the third line from the bottom. This was corrected in the second printing. The first edition combined with the second reprinting totaled 7,500 copies, according to a letter from McClurg dated October 19, 1928...In addition, McClurg did a third and fourth printing, which would increase the total by an unknown amount" (Zeuschner (2016)). This was the last Tarzan title published by McClurg, and one of the scarcer ones.

    "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle is not just another chapter in the famous ape-man's thrilling career, it is by far greater than any other of the wonderful series of Tarzan stories...In none of his celebrated books has Edgar Rice Burroughs equalled the charm and vivid sensational appeal of the exciting adventures that he has written into Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. It is an epic of wilderness adventure, wholly unique and wholly delightful. Astounding, enthralling and matchless in interest are these latest exploits of Tarzan-the most original and fascinating character in modern fiction" (blurb on rear panel of dust jacket).

    The novel contains two subplots which converge in the Valley of the Sepulcher in northern Kenya or southern Abyssinia. The first subplot is concerned with Tarzan's quarrels with a band of Arab slave traders and ivory poachers...The second and more important subplot is devoted to James Blake, a wealthy young American who is photographing wild life. Separated from his safari by a storm, Blake wanders into the Valley of the Sepulcher, which is inhabited by descendants of medieval English crusaders from the time of King Richard I" (Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, p. 107).



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