The True First Appearance in Print of The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Master Mind of Mars. In Amazing Stories Annual, Vol. No. 1. New York: Experimenter Publishing Co., [July 1927]. The true first appearance in this important science fiction magazine, the only annual issue published (the editor, legendary science fiction author Hugo Gernsback, started publishing this magazine as a quarterly (there was also a monthly periodical of Amazing Stories) in the following year). One quarto issue. 11.5 x 8.25 inches. 3 [sic] -125, [5, ads] pages. Illustrated. Original front wrapper and spine present (rear wrapper lacking). Front wrapper detached and worn with some marginal chipping, spine worn and chipped, text toned with some occasional marginal chipping, mainly at corners, previous owner's signature at the top of page 9. Some light soiling (possibly a portion of an early inkstamp) to page 3. Still, a good example of a rare and fragile item. From the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection of Roy and Dela White.

    "Edgar Rice Burroughs has written many interesting stories, but we believe, for downright originality and exciting interest, "The Master Mind of Mars" is hard to equal. There is hardly a page that does not hold your interest. Once the story gets under way, hair-raising episodes seem to tumble right over each other - they come so quickly." (from Gernsback's blurb on page 3).
    The editor, Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967), was one of the primary forces in establishing modern science fiction in America. He published the first science fiction magazine (Amazing Stories, the first issue published in April, 1926) and even coined the term "science fiction." He also began science fiction fandom by publishing the addresses of the people who wrote letters to his magazines, thus allowing science fiction fans to communicate with each other and organize. Although as an author his works are considered to be uninspired, and his business practices were questionable, he is mainly remembered today as the inspiration for the famous "Hugo Awards," named in his honor.
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