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    Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan and the Golden Lion - The Photoplay Edition. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [n.d., 1928].

    Photoplay edition with frontispiece and illustrations from the silent film. Second edition, thus, as the rear advertisements list Outlaw of Torn, published by Grosset and Dunlap in 1928. Octavo. 333 pages.

    Publisher's orange cloth boards with the front and spine lettered in black. Cloth is lightly soiled and spine has a slight lean. There is mild foxing present on endpapers and page edges. Dust jacket has darkened along spine and edges, with some minor edge wear, primarily at spine ends. Altogether a tight and very good copy.

    Though the copyright page states 1924, the photoplay edition was actually first produced in 1927 to promote the release of the silent film of the same title. It starred James Pierce in his only film appearance as Tarzan, but he later portrayed the original radio version of Tarzan for 286 episodes from 1932 to 1934. He even became the son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs upon his marriage to daughter Joan Burroughs in 1928. Pierce and his wife together played the lead roles of Tarzan and Jane for the radio series throughout the run. The film was produced by Film Booking Offices (FBO), a company that had recently been acquired and funded by Joseph P. Kennedy, father of a future president. Material on this film is scarce, and this photoplay edition provides some great photos from the production and represents the only use of this particular dust jacket image. From the Frank Collection.

    Heins. Taliaferro, Tarzan Forever. Official Burroughs website.


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