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TITLE PAGE MEDALLIONS
by Joan Bledig
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As some of you already know, back in February of this year I embarked on a major cataloging and checking of my collection against Heins' bibliography, something that I haven't tackled since 1972. and I expanded the checking to include Bob Zeuschner's excellent bibliography and the third edition of J. G. Huckenpöhler's (hereinafter referred to as Huck) invaluable pocket checklist. As usual, the cataloging has bogged down once again and is in a holding pattern. I did manage to check, double-, and triple-check all the A.C. McClurgs, A.L. Burts and all early Grosset & Dunlaps (through the 1948 reprint series) for the first 10 Tarzan titles and get the material into a usable format on the computer.
While doing this, I discovered that, though I had often looked at the decorations on title pages, I had totally ignored them. Decorations include not only what I call title page medallions but small illustrations as well. For example: the bag of treasure with the dagger stuck into it found on the title page of Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, the Ras Thavas laboratory sketch on the title page of The Master Mind of Mars, and the Tarzan and Tantor sketch found on title pages for the Books for Boys & Girls (BB&G) series 1948 G&D reprints except Tarzan and the Apes.
There are also two varieties of the A.C. McClurg logo to be found on copyright pages of McClurg editions and McClurg/G&D mixed editions where Grosset & Dunlap put their boards on bound signatures printed by McClurg. Huck calls them the shaded acorn and the white acorn. The shaded logo is a more detailed version of the white acorn logo. I have compared my McClurgs to the list Huck emailed me earlier this year and we are in 100% agreement.
Shaded acorn logos appear in:
Tarzan the Untamed
Tarzan and the Ant Men
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
A Princess of Mars
The Warlord of Mars
The Land That Time Forgot
The Bandit of Hell's Bend
The Eternal Lover
The Moon Maid
White acorn logos appear in:
The Return of Tarzan
Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Tarzan the Terrible
Tarzan and the Golden Lion
Gods of Mars
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
Chessmen of Mars
The Master Mind of Mars
At the Earth's Core
The Mad King
Outlaw of Torn
The War Chief
The Monster Men
Medallions are strictly typographical decorations and are not to be confused with a company's logo or "colophon." They may be stylistic floral or plant designs or just composed of intersecting lines, swirls and geometric shapes. They are found in A.L. Burt and Grosset & Dunlap reprints. Grosset & Dunlap Popular Copyright Series (PCS) and later 1940 editions both have title page medallions. Tarzan the Terrible even has a separate medallion which appears on the last page of the story. It functions as a separator between the story and the Pal-ul-don language dictionary following it. In reviewing my notes I noticed a pattern in the appearance of medallions. I could find no instance of a medallion appearing on a G&D title page unless the original publisher of the novel had been A.C. McClurg. Some titles which first saw publication by ERB, Inc. do have miniatures on the title pages which have been carried over to the reprint editions, but they are pictures, not decorative typographical medallions.
Since I have no G&D PCS or 1940 red reprint of The Son of Tarzan (and a few other non-Tarzan titles), I cannot attest to the appearance of a title page medallion in the 1940 version. Huck assures me that the PCS version maintains the original frontispiece and title page art found in the McClurg and Burt editions. Huck does not have a 1940 red reprint of this title either so he was unable to verify whether or not it has a title page medallion.
Here are the medallions I have appearing in books in my collection and the identification numbers I have assigned to them. They are presented same size as found in the books. If you have any editions of ERB books which have medallions not pictured here, I would appreciate it if you could either scan (and save as a tif or jpeg, PC or MAC format) or photocopy them and send them to me so that they can be added to this list. Yes, #6 and #10 are the same, one is just rotated 180o. I consider #6 "up-side-down" and #10 "right-side-up."
Burt Tarzan of the Apes (3 copies)
Burt The Return of Tarzan (1 copy)
Burt Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (5 copies)
Burt The Return of Tarzan (1 copy)
Burt Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (2 copies)
Burt Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1 copy)
G&D Tarzan of the Apes (1 copy)
G&D Tarzan and the Ant Men (1 copy)
G&D The Mucker (2 copies)
G&D Jungle Tales of Tarzan (3 copies)
G&D Tarzan the Terrible (2 copies)
G&D Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1 copy)
G&D Tarzan and the Golden Lion (2 copies - both photoplay
editions, 1927 & 1929)
G&D The Outlaw of Torn (2 copies)
G&D Tarzan the Untamed (2 copies)
G&D Tarzan and the Golden Lion (3 copies -
none photoplay editions)
G&D The Bandit of Hell's Bend (1 copy)
G&D The Eternal Lover (1 copy)
G&D The Return of Tarzan (1 copy)
G&D A Princess of Mars (1 copy)
G&D The Gods of Mars (3 copies)
G&D At the Earth's Core (3 copies)
G&D Pellucidar (2 copies)
G&D The Warlord of Mars (3 copies)
G&D The Cave Girl (1 copy, probably a second but was
unable to check before contribution was due to OE)
G&D The Land That Time Forgot (2 copies)
G&D The Moon Maid (2 copies)
G&D Thuvia, Maid of Mars (2 copies)
G&D The Mad King (1 copy)
G&D Tarzan the Terrible -- at end of story (2 copies)
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