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    Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Monster Men. Chicago, Illinois: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1929. First edition, one of only 5,000 copies printed. Octavo (7.3125 x 4.875 inches; 186 x 124 mm.). [8], 304 pages. Title-page drawing by J. Allen St. John. McClurg acorn device on copyright page. Published March 15, 1929. Original tan linen-grain cloth with front cover lettered in dark green within a blind double-rule border and spine ruled and lettered in dark green. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed; corners of rear cover lightly bumped; cloth fraying at head of spine near rear joint; corners beginning to fray. Top edge dust soiled, with a few scratches or scuff marks; bottom edge with darkening at fore-edge. A few faint marginal smudges or stains; diagonal crease in the upper margin of a few leaves; becoming over-opened in a few places. A near fine copy. Previous owner's ink signature of James A. Baillie on front free endpaper. In the rare original color pictorial dust jacket with artwork by J. Allen St. John on the front panel, and with the $2.00 price in the center of the spine and on the rear panel. This totally unrestored dust jacket is quite worn; with chipping and short tears at top and bottom of folds; rear panel soiled; spine darkened; a few scratch marks on both front and rear panels.

    Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 335 ("The perils of godless science and muscle-building"); Bleiler, The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction (1978), p. 35; Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 111 ("Burroughs adapts the Frankenstein theme to a jungle setting); Heins MMe-1 ("A brilliant but mad professor produces malformed, synthetic human on a Java Sea island"); Reginald 02297; Zeuschner (1996) 329; Zeuschner (2016), p. 199, no. 2.


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    The Monster Men was first published with title "A Man Without a Soul" in a single issue of The All-Story, November 1913, with cover art by P. J. Monahan (1882-1931) and black-and-white head-piece by Munsey artist Fred W. Small (1881-1960).

    "Men or monsters? What were those thirteen hulking brutes Professor Maxon had created in his laboratory? Soulless, malformed, brainless they were, nevertheless composed of flesh and blood and endowed with the spark of Life. Only Number 13 was the redeeming feature of this grewsome [sic] experiment for he was a perfect specimen of a man but he, too, was soulless. Unconsciously he was the cause of the most diabolical plan Professor Maxon had yet concocted - his beautiful daughter Virginia was to marry this monster! Were he in America the mad professor's plan might have been thwarted but what could a poor girl do, away off in savage Borneo" (publisher's blurb on rear panel of dust jacket).

    "A Dr. Moreau-meets-Frankenstein yarn in which a presumed human experiment turns out actually to be a lovable hero and heir" (John Taliaferro, Tarzan Forever: The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Creator of Tarzan (1999), page 103).



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