Signed by the artists and contributors, numbered & limited, 500. Highly Recommended. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Deluxe Edition of A Princess of Mars is the fifth title in the ERB Limited Edition Collection. The set is published by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and includes a leather bound book in dust jacket, manuscript portfolio, handcrafted dip pen and a Dejah Thoris medallion, all housed in 7”x 10” custom decorated case. This unique edition promises to be the most elaborate A Princess of Mars ever published. ERB Books, 2019.
The Deluxe Edition of A Princess of Mars is the fifth title in the ERB Limited Edition Collection. The set is published by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and includes a leather bound book in dust jacket, manuscript portfolio, handcrafted dip pen and a Dejah Thoris medallion, all housed in 7”x 10” custom decorated case. This unique edition promises to be the most elaborate A Princess of Mars ever published. Note: Although the signature plate has a space for Moorcock, his health precluded him signing this. Nearly out of print.
Jim Gerlach has spent the last five years publishing the Edgar Rice Burroughs books that never were but should have been. And now, thanks to his efforts, they are the books that are!
The most recent addition to his growing offerings of specialized and magnificent editions is A Princess of Mars, the very first story that Edgar Rice Burroughs submitted for publication, a story that was gladly accepted by The All-Story magazine and published with the title “Under the Moons of Mars” in six installments from February to July of 1912.
The hardbound book edition, with the permanent title of “A Princess of Mars,” was published by A.C. McClurg & Co. in 1917, and it has been reprinted many times since, in hardback and paperback, in the U.S. and other countries, in comic strip and comic book form, and even adapted into two different 21st century movies.
And now there is Gerlach’s comprehensive tribute to Burroughs: “A Princess of Mars: Featuring a corrected text and new foreword by Michael Moorcock and introduction by Dr. Robert Zeuschner.
As far as “manuscript” goes, Burroughs originally wrote his story in longhand, and the book package includes a document portfolio with reproductions of manuscript pages.
The portfolio also includes the letters between Burroughs and Thomas N. Metcalf, editor of The All-Story, in which the two men exchanged thoughts for completion of the story. Burroughs had submitted just half his manuscript to see if the magazine would be interested before he fleshed out the rest of the story.
Additionally, the portfolio includes a facsimile of the actual $400 check paid to Burroughs. “The check was the first big event in my life,” Burroughs said later. “No amount of money today could possibly give me the thrill that first $400 check gave me.”
The correspondence demonstrates that Burroughs was a quick learner. He gave consideration to Metcalf’s suggestions but also had a mind of his own, and quickly began to morph from student to master, rejecting some of the editor’s ideas. For instance, Metcalf had suggested to him: “After Carter marries the ‘lady,’ why would it not be possible to have the Martian city attacked by some kind of plague, or something of that sort? Then you could have the ‘lady’ die and depict Carter’s grief….” ERB fans are eternally grateful, though, that Burroughs did not “have the ‘lady’ die,” but kept her alive throughout his Martian series, although introducing an element of suspense with the possibility of her demise. Burroughs knew how to tell a story.
The Deluxe Manuscript edition, Gerlach says, is unlike any edition ever published. The book and the items accompanying it are housed in an illustrated/decorated custom built clamshell/flip-top case in brown cloth with gold titling and decoration.
Inside the case is the signed and numbered ERB Inc. edition leather-bound book with newly commissioned artwork on the wraparound dust jacket. The book contains 20 color plates, including the five plates originally done by Frank Schoonover for the first edition. However, this time they’re all in color, as are paintings by Frank Frazetta, Greg Manchess, Robert Abbett and Aaron Miller.
There is work by other artists as well, such as illustrations by Thomas Yeates, and the black and white illustrations from the later magazine printing of the story in Modern Mechanics and Invention Magazine in 1929. Zavier Cabarga, who did the titling for Gerlach’s editions of Savage Pellucidar and John Carter of Mars, created original titling for the book and new designs for the title page, chapter headings, drop caps and page decorations. The book includes full color endpapers featuring a map of Barsoom.
“This will be the most illustrated edition of ‘Princess of Mars’ ever,” says Gerlach.
The book package features a handmade pen with Esterbrook nib, a replica of the one ERB used to write the original story. A photo of that pen, lying on the manuscript for ERB’s later 1912 book, “Tarzan of the Apes,” served as the model for the reproduction.
There is also a two-inch Dejah Thoris medallion.
The manuscript got careful attention for this edition. Dr. Zeuschner, author of “Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography,” examined the manuscript and wrote an essay for the book on any notable differences.
Gerlach’s ambitious series of Burroughs deluxe reprints began in 2015. Most recently, in 2018, it was John Carter of Mars which got Gerlach’s attention with a pair of volumes.
Many of the earlier books have sold out and are now available only from secondary sources.
A Leather Bound Book limited to 500 signed and numbered copies signed by the artists and contributors (except Moorcock), with a corrected text and new foreword and preface.
• 20 Color Plates featuring the original color Schoonover paintings and works by Frazetta, Abbett, Whelan, Manchess, Miller and including …..
• New Paintings for this edition by noted artists Dave Dorman, Thomas Gianni, Tom Grindberg, and Doug Klauba.
• A Custom Case covered in black Cialux cloth, with spine titling and decorations debossed in gold and 1st edition dust jacket illustration inlaid on the lid.
• ERB Manuscript Portfolio (1911-1912) for Under the Moons of Mars containing replicas of manuscript pages, notes, editor letters, the Munsey check to ERB for UMM, and first publication pulp cover and pages.
• Manuscript Pen (1911-1912)- replica of the dip pen used by ERB to write the holographic manuscript for Under the Moons of Mars.
• 2” Dejah Thoris Medallion – 3D portrait design in antique silver accented in gold, numbered to match the book and inserted inside the custom case.
• New Dust Jacket artwork and full color Barsoom Map endpapers.
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