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    Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Cave Girl. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1925. First edition, signed presentation copy from Edgar Rice Burroughs to his son Hulbert, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown: "To / Hulbert Burroughs / from / Edgar Rice Burroughs / Beloved husband of / Emma (nee Hulbert); fond / father of Joan, Hulbert / and John Coleman. Coldwater / papers please copy." With a playful original double-page pen-and-ink cartoon drawing across the front free endpaper and front pastedown, depicting a cave girl, with long flowing hair, standing beside her father on the front free endpaper, captioned: "Flossie Fewclothes' Father / Looking For A Son-in-Law. / Arrow Points To Flossie." Flossie's father, holding a club in one hand, and an upraised stone in the other, is about to throw the stone at Hulbert, who is riding away on a dinosaur, holding a polo stick and looking back at them. Flossie's father with a balloon caption: "How Would You Like / An International / Polo Prospect?" The dust jacket is inscribed in ink by Hulbert on the verso of the front panel: "Hulbert Burroughs / April 23, 1925."

    Octavo (7.5 x 5 inches; 185 x 126 mm.). [8], 323, [1, blank] pages. Sepia frontispiece by J. Allen St. John (1872-1957). "M. A. DONOHUE & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, CHICAGO" (verso of title-page). Only 5,000 copies were printed. Original blue cloth lettered in dark green on front cover and spine (omitting "The" in the title on the spine, and with "A. C. McCLURG / & CO" at foot of spine). Very slight ding at lower edge of front cover; corners, spine extremities, and board edges rubbed, with cloth fraying at corners and spine extremities (and possibly some loss at head of spine); three small chips at foot of spine; a few small stains or areas of slight discoloration on covers; spine slightly faded; a few dings and scratch marks on the edges, resulting in tiny edge dings to several leaves. Fore-edge lightly foxed, the foxing visible at the outer edge of some leaves; very occasional additional foxing, including to upper gutter of frontispiece and title-page; two-and-one-half-inch tear in the text on pages 49/50 (paper flaw), with a slight curl on the recto, affecting a few letters, including loss to the "g" in "girl" on page 49, line 3, and the "e" in "pleasure" on page 50, line 5; two half-inch tears in the upper margin of pages 31/32, and a horizontal crease between them (just at the top of the headline); scratch mark in lower margin of page 198, visible as a slight indentation on the two preceding leaves; the center two leaves of a few gatherings with a diagonal crease in the upper margin; a few additional minor paper imperfections, and marginal smudges. A very good copy, possibly tightened in places, with a wonderful original drawing and inscription. In the rare original color pictorial dust jacket with artwork by J. Allen St. John on the front panel (reproduced in sepia as the frontispiece), and with the $2.00 price on the rear panel. Jacket with restoration to the edges, including three short tears to lower edge of rear panel (one-inch, three-quarter-inch, and half-inch tears), once repaired with tape; spine extremities repaired; faint horizontal browning along top and bottom edges of rear flap, rear panel, and spine (offsetting from a previous jacket protector?). The jacket presents well in its present mylar protector, very fresh and bright. One of Burroughs's scarcest books in dust jacket.

    Bleiler, The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction (1978), p. 35; Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 333; Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 106; Heins CaG-1 ("Nadara, a stone age cave girl, helps a civilized weakling to become the mighty cave man, Thandar"); Reginald 02277; Zeuschner (1996) 80; Zeuschner (2016), p. 55, no. 5.


    More Information:

    Originally two stories: "The Cave Girl," begun in February 1913, and published as a three-part serial in The All-Story, July, August, and September, 1913; and "The Cave Man," written in 1914, and published as a four-part serial in All-Story Weekly, March 31-April 21, 1917.

    The frontispiece illustration is captioned: "The Cave Girl saves Waldo's life"-"The scene is from page 96. The caption, however, leaves something to be desired. Far from saving Waldo's life with her upraised stone, she accidentally wound up conking him on the head with it" (Heins, p. 162).

    "A weak-kneed Bostonian marooned on an uncharted South Sea island must become a he-man to win the comely cave girl" (John Taliaferro, Tarzan Forever: The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Creator of Tarzan (1999), page 103).

    "Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones (one of the Boston Smith-Joneses)-a tall and thin youth with an ominous cough-finds himself cast ashore on a desert island in the Pacific, so primitive that it is still peopled by a race closer to the apes than to man. Waldo has all the advantages of wealth, culture and social position. And yet, when rescue came, Waldo turned his back on it and sought the jungle again. Waldo had become a cave man. Waldo's brain, clogged with useless learning, was still nimble enough to outwit brute strength. He lacked only woodcraft and pluck. These were supplied him by the slim brown Nadara, the cave girl, who called him Thandar-the Brave One. How Waldo lifted the cave people ahead a couple of aeons in civilization, and earned the name of Thandar, makes a story rich in human interest and exciting action" (blurb on rear panel of jacket).

    "After a suitable number of flights and rescues, when his father's yacht comes in search of him and the lovers are saved from an earthquake, any objection to their marriage is erased by the disclosure that Nadara is the daughter of the Count and Countess Crecy born on the island the night of her mother's death after the wreck of her parents' yacht marooned the Countess on the island" (Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s).

    A first edition of The Moon Maid (1926) with an original drawing by Burroughs and a similar inscription ("To / Hulbert Burroughs / future world's / champ; former / International / Polo Prospect / From / His Fond and Foolish / Father / (alias Edgar Rice Burroughs) / Los Angeles / April 22 1926") sold at Heritage Auctions, 15 September 2016, for $12,500.



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