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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 original cartoon drawing at front endpapers depicting a cave girl 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. [8], 323, [1, blank] pages. Sepia frontispiece by J. Allen St. John. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in dark green on front cover and spine; original illustrated dust jacket. Rubbing to extremities of binding, with cloth fraying at corners and spine ends; backstrip slightly faded; a few small stains or areas of slight discoloration to boards; a few dings and scratch marks to board edges, resulting in tiny nick to several leaves. Fore-edge lightly foxed, extending into outer edges 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; 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. Restoration to jacket edges, including to 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, very fresh and bright. A very good copy, possibly tightened in places, with a wonderful original drawing and inscription. 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; Reginald 02277; Zeuschner (1996) 80; Zeuschner (2016), p. 55, no. 5.
    From the Albert E. Willis Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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