First Edition in the Original Dust Jacket with a TLS from BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1914.
First edition, first state, without the publisher's acorn device on the spine. Small octavo. , 400, [1, ], [3, blank]. Illustrated title page by Fred J. Arting.
Publisher's dark red cloth with gilt titles and blind rules. In original pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a custom green quarter morocco clamshell case. Minor wear to extremities, and some minor soiling to boards. Minimal occasional foxing to text. Some expert restoration to the extremities and folds of the dust jacket. Light soiling to panels, most noticeable on the verso. A near fine copy.
Two letters accompany the book. The first is a Typed Letter Signed by Burroughs himself on his personal stationery. It is dated September 15, 1948, and thanks a Mr. Coriell for his "message of good wishes on the occasion of my recent birthday." It is signed in a shaky hand, as Burroughs was ill at the time. The recipient of the letter is Vern Coriell, founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles and the Burroughs Bulletin. The second letter is also a TLS, this one from ERB's secretary, Mildred Bernard, dated April 27, 1949 and signed by her. With typed mailing envelope. The letter is addressed to Samuel A. Peeples, a well-known television writer and producer who worked on numerous shows, including Star Trek. In the letter, Bernard states that Mr. Burroughs is ill, but still thanks Mr. Peeples for his letter stating that Burroughs was an inspiration, and that the great author of Tarzan wishes Peeples "great success with your first novel." Two vertical and one horizontal mailing folds to each letter. Otherwise, both are in fine condition.
"Tarzan of the Apes is the third story Burroughs wrote, but is the first hardback book Burroughs published. This is the first appearance of the Lord of the Jungle in hardback" (Zeuschner).
Currey 75. Heins T1. Zeuschner 696.
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