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    First Edition of Tarzan of the Apes, with One of the Most Unusual Slipcases Ever Made for a Modern Book

    Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1914. First edition, first state (no "acorn" on the spine, and "W. F. Hall Printing Co." in Old English print on the copyright page.) Octavo. [2, blank], [viii], [401], [3, blank] pages. Publisher's full red cloth, front board ruled in blind, front board and spine lettered in gilt. Spine sunned and rubbed, binding rubbed, somewhat soiled and dull, some occasional foxing in text. Shaken and skewed. Good. With facsimile dust jacket.
    This copy comes with a unique slipcase: a cross-section of a tree, with an area cut out to hold a custom-built wooden case. The wooden case is a drop-top box, with the lid affixed with a leather sheet (the sheet is, in turn, affixed to the rear of the box). At the outer edge of the box is a small painted wooden imitation lion doorknocker (the loop in the lion's mouth doesn't move). Beneath this hole in the tree is a shelf, and beneath that is a small wooden sculpture of a lion. Felt bottom beneath the tree and lion. The leather sheet is a bit worn making the box lid a bit loose, and some bark has fallen from the tree. Overall, unique and fine.
    According to the accompanying paperwork, this case was built by a bookseller in Michigan (there isn't a date of manufacture, but it was probably within the last twenty years or so), from a tree cut down on his land. The two lions (the imitation door-knocker and the sculpture beneath the opening for the box), came from the Tree Studios estate of J. Allen S. John (1872-1957), a friend of Burroughs' and illustrator of many of his later titles. Tree Studios is a complex of artist's studios in Chicago, and St. John lived there with his wife. Burroughs lived with them in their apartment while he wrote Tarzan of the Apes. Tree Studios Antiques took over St. John's estate, selling much of his effects (the lions were bought by the Michigan bookseller in the 1980's). It is unknown who sculpted the lions, but there is no visible signature of St. John. Zeuschner 696. The San Clemente Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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