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Bill Ross
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Presents
Soft Cover Burroughs
(USA Editions)
An ERBapa Reprint: 
from ERBapa #68 ~ January 2001

 
 
In 1972, shortly after I began collecting the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, a dealer expounded on the value of dust jacketed Grossett & Dunlap editions. He stated that they "would never be worth much." Fortunately, I have collected Edgar Rice Burroughs books long enough to see his statement proved wrong. Unfortunately I have also see the cover price of new Burroughs paperbacks increase to more than the price I paid for those "worthless" Grosset & Dunlap editions in the mid 1970s!

The pattern I followed in collecting Burroughs books was probably the same one followed by many of you. Just out of college and married, with a child on the way, money for book purchases was in short supply. No matter how poor I was a visit to the used book stores was made every weekend in search of needed titles.  Notice I said "needed" because duplicates did not figure into my collecting scheme. My goal was to acquire one copy of each title. Money was so scarce in those days that it would be a year and a half before I splurged an bought a dust jacketed Grosset & Dunlap edition. 

As time went by my income increased as well as the scope of my paperback book collecting. Having one copy of each title was not enough. I now had to acquire all the different cover illustrations and this soon progressed to collecting all titles in the various formats. Ace Books was no longer publishing the small size paperbacks that I loved so much. They had increased in size to match the industry standard. Ballantine Books was publishing the Tarzan series in its fourth format and the Mars series in its third format. (A change in format takes place when the size of the cover illustration is increased or decreased, the spine layout changes or when there is a totally new layout for the entire series -- including the cover illustrations.) Filling in the missing paperback books was a fairly painless process when Ace and/or Ballantine changed formats or printed special editions they would be quickly purchased. 

Over the next ten years I was blessed with good fortune, and good luck, enabling me to complete my hardback collection (both first and reprint editions) as well as acquire most of the pulp magazines containing Burroughs serializations. By 1986 there was no need for me to frequent the used books stores. Book crawls that took place during the Burroughs conventions and my annual visits with Mike Conran were now boring. This situation had to change! 

During this collecting lull I noticed minor differences in the "black spine" Ballantine editions. On many editions the color of ink used to print the stock number, cover price, title and/or "Edgar Rice Burroughs" changed from the color used on the previous edition. Needing something to fuel my collecting habit I started acquiring editions with these changes, and before you knew it, an all-out assault on collecting every Edgar Rice Burroughs paperback printing had begun. 

Collecting all Ace Books paperback printings is more difficult than collecting all the Ballantine books printings. Most Ace editions did not provide any printing information (printing number and printing date) and when they did it was not always accurate. While attending the 1996 Dum-Dum in Tarzana, California I met Ace Books specialist Marty Massoglia and form him learned that multiple Ace Books printings took place at the same cover price and using the stock number (like Ballantine Books, however, without the aid of a printing number). To differentiate between the various printings you had to look further and consider the ads in he back of the book as well as the address of Ace Books printed on the title page. 

The Ballantine Books system of listing the printing number, and until recently the printing date, made collecting every printing easier, however, it is not problem free. I have been extremely diligent  in my attempt to collect all printings and yet there are some that still elude me. That in itself is not unusual, but the fact that these same printings have eluded the collections of other completists  (and non-completists) makes one question their existence and wonder if Ballantine skipped a printing number or two. A case in point would include the twenty-first printing of TARZAN OF THE APES published upon the release of "Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes."  The "black spine" series was dropped after the nineteenth printing and a new format, using a Charles Ren cover illustration, was begun. No problem so far, however, the next printing I located utilizing the Ren cover illustration was number twenty-four. Keep in mind that I was constantly looking for new printings and was in contact with ERB collectors around the United States who were also searching for new printings.  In the sixteen years since the twenty-fourth printing I have never seen offered for sale, or in another collection, the twenty-second or twenty third printing. Where are they? Did Ballantine skip these printing numbers? A similar case took place with the release of yet another movie tie-in. When "Tarzan and the Lost City" was released Ballantine reprinted "the book that inspired the new motion picture," TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR. The last Ballantine Books printing of TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR that I have uncovered is the nineteenth dated May 1991, and it is also the first in a new format. This new format has a Barclay Shaw cover illustration and is also the first of the Del Rey imprint. In January 1997 the first printing of Ballantine Books' "double volume" TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR and  JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN was printed  (also under the Del Rey imprint). The second printing of this "double" was reprinted in late 1997. By this time Ballantine Books' printings were not dated (except for providing the first printing date). They were using the printing number line "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2" or in the case of higher printings "39 38 37 36." With the April 1998 release of "Tarzan and the Lost City" Ballantine, under the Del Rey imprint, reprinted, with new covers and spine, the twenty-second printing  of TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR. What happened to the twentieth and twenty-first printing? Part of this question was answered in mid 1999 (almost a year and-a-half later) when the twenty-first printing of TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR was released. This printing had the movie tie-in cover used on the twenty-second printing and not the Barclay Shaw cover used on the nineteenth printing. Even though the "double" was a first printing did Ballantine consider these two printings when they skipped from nineteen to twenty-two, or did they realize their error and back-track, making it the twenty-first  printing instead of the twenty-third printing? Is there a twentieth printing I am unaware of? Who knows? 

These problems aside, the quest for every Edgar Rice Burroughs paperback book printing has given me an enormous amount of pleasure. After all, I now have something to look for while on those convention book crawls!

At this point I was going to provide a basic paperback bibliography. While gathering the necessary information I realized that there are numerous non-standard softcover editions. These might not qualify as "paperbacks" as we know them, however, they are certainly bound in wraps (soft cover).

All Edgar Rice Burroughs fans are aware of Ace Books and Ballantine Books and most are aware of the Dover, Signet, Penguin and Dell editions. In an effort to be as complete as possible this bibliography contains all E.R. Burroughs soft cover editions known to me. I realize that some might feel I have stretched the term soft cover by including publishers and/or titles that should not be listed. Using my criteria a book would be listed if:
1. The binding is a paper cover (with or without an illustration)
2. It is a complete novel by itself in one volume (no serializations or abridged versions or part of a large offering)
3. It is a text version (no graphic or graphic with abridged text)

Since we are now in the era of the print on demand or "instant book," it is very difficult to keep up with books being published using this new technology. Therefore this bibliography is by no means complete. If you know of a title (or titles) not listed please inform me of these. What follows is an alphabetical listing of soft cover Edgar Rice Burroughs book publishers and the titles they have published. 


 
ACE BOOKS
also Ace Books, Inc. -- A Division of Charter Communications, Inc. also Ace Books -- A Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., also Ace Books -- A Division of Charter Communications, Inc. -- A Grosset & Dunlap Company, also Ace Science Fiction Books published by The Berkley Publishing Group.
BALLANTINE BOOKS
also Ballantine Books, Inc. ~ A Division of Random House, Inc. also A Del Rey Book published by Ballantine Books ~ A Division of Random House, Inc., Also A Del Rey Book published by Ballantine Books ~ A Division of Random House, Inc., also A Del Rey Book published by the Ballantine Publishing Group ~ A Division of Random House, Inc.
 1. The Bandit of Hell's Bend
 2. Beyond the Farthest Star
 3. The Cave Girl 
 4. The Deputy Sheriff of Commanche County
 5. The Eternal Savage
 6. The Girl From Hollywood
 7. I Am A Barbarian
 8. The Lad And The Lion
 9. The Land Of Hidden Men (Jungle Girl)
10. The Lost Continent (Beyond Thirty)
11. The Mad King
12. The Monster Men
13. The Moon Maid
14. The Moon Men
15. The Mucker
16. Return of the Mucker
17. The Oakdale Affair
18. The Outlaw Of Torn
19. The Rider
20. Thuvia, Maid of Mars
21. The Chessmen of Mars
22. The Mastermind of Mars
23. A Fighting Man of Mars
24. The Land That Time Forgot
25. The People that Time Forgot
26. Out of Time's Abyss
27. At the Earth's Core
28. Pellucidar
29. Tanar of Pellucidar
30. Tarzan at the Earth's Core
31. Back to the Stone Age
32. Land of Terror
33. Savage Pellucidar
34. The Beasts of Tarzan
35. The Son of Tarzan
36. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
37. Jungle Tales of Tarzan
38. Tarzan and the Lost Empire
39. Tarzan the Invincible
40. Tarzan Triumphant
41. Tarzan and the City of Gold
42. Tarzan and the Lion Man
43. Pirates of Venus
44. Lost On Venus
45. Carson of Venus
46. Escape On Venus
47. The Wizard of Venus
48. The Wizard of Venus and Pirate Blood

Frank Frazetta cover and title

 1. Tarzan of the Apes
 2. The Return of Tarzan
 3. The Beasts of Tarzan
 4. The Son of Tarzan
 5. The Beasts of Tarzan / The Son of Tarzan
 6. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
 7. Jungle Tales of Tarzan
 8. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar / Jungle Tales of Tarzan
 9. Tarzan the Untamed
10. Tarzan the Terrible
11. Tarzan the Untamed / Tarzan the Terrible
12. Tarzan and the Golden Lion
13. Tarzan and the Ant Men
14. Tarzan and the Golden Lion / Tarzan and the Ant Men
15. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
16. Tarzan and the Lost Empire
17. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle / Tarzan and the Lost Empire
18. Tarzan at the Earth's Core
19. Tarzan the Invincible
20. Tarzan at the Earth's Core / Tarzan the Invincible
21. Tarzan Triumphant
22. Tarzan and the City of Gold
23. Tarzan Triumphant / Tarzan and the City of Gold
24. Tarzan and the Lion Man
25. Tarzan and the Leopard Men
26. Tarzan's Quest
27. Tarzan and the Forbidden City
28. Tarzan the Magnificent
29. Tarzan and the Foreign Legion
30. Tarzan and the Madman
31. Tarzan and the Castaways
32. A Princess of Mars
33. The Gods of Mars
34. The Warlord of Mars
35. Thuvia, Maid of Mars
36. The Chessmen of Mars
37. The Mastermind of Mars
38. A Fighting Man of Mars
39. Swords of Mars
40. Synthetic Men of Mars
41. Llana of Gathol
42. John Carter of Mars
43. At the Earth's Core
44. Pellucidar
45. Tanar of Pellucidar
46. Back to the Stone Age
47. Land of Terror
48. Savage Pellucidar
49. Pirates of Venus
50. Lost on Venus
51. Carson of Venus
52. Escape on Venus
53. The Wizard of Venus and Pirate Blood
54. Beyond the Farthest Star
55. The Cave Girl
56. The Eternal Savage
57. The Lad and the Lion
58. The Land of Hidden Men
59. The Lost Continent
60. The Monster Men
61. The Moon Maid
62. The Moon Men
63. The Mucker
64. The War Chief
65. Apache Devil
66. The Land That Time Forgot
67. The People That Time Forgot
68. Out of Time's Abyss
Roy Krenkel art: Ace edition 1963
Armed Forces edition Return of Tarzan

 
A.C. McClurg & Co.

 1. Tarzan of the Apes
 2. The Return of Tarzan
 3. The Beasts of Tarzan
 4. The Son of Venus
 5. A Princess of Mars


Bantam Publications, Inc. 

 1. Tarzan in the Forbidden City


Bradford M. Day

 1. Beyond Thirty and The Man Eater


Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. 

 1. A Princess of Mars



Charter Books 
A Division of Charter Communications, Inc. ~ A Grosset & Dunlap Company

 1. The Bandit of Hell's Bend
 2. The Deputy Sheriff of Commanche County
 3. The Efficiency Expert
 4. The Girl from Farris's
 5. The Girl from Hollywood
 6. The Oakdale Affair


Dell Publishing Company, Inc.

 1. Cave Girl
 2. Tarzan and the Lost Empire


Dover Publications, Inc. 

 1. The Pirates of Venus and Lost On Venus
 2. 3 Martian Novels:
            Thuvia, Maid of Mars
            The Chessmen of Mars
            The Mastermind of Mars
 3. A Princess of Mars and A Fighting Man of Mars
 4. The Land That Time Forgot and The Moon Maid
 5. At the Earth's Core - Pellucidar - Tanar of Pellucidar
 6. Tarzan of the Apes


Edition for the Armed Services, Inc.

 1. Tarzan of the Apes
 2. The Return of Tarzan


Fantasy House

 1. The Man Eater


House of Greystoke 
also The Burroughs Bibliophiles also Vernell Coriell

 1. Tarzana nd the Jewels of Opar
 2. The Efficiency Expert (House of Greystoke)
 3. The Girl from Farris's (House of Greystoke)
 4. The Master Mind of Mars (House of Greystoke)
 5. Skeleton Men of Jupiter
 6. Beware
 7. The Scientists Revolt
 8. The Red Star of Tarzan
 9. The Efficiency Expert (The Burroughs Bulletin No. 57-58)
10. The Girl from Farris's (The Burroughs Bulletin No. 59-60)
11. The Master Mind of Mars (The Burroughs Bulletin No. 66, 67, 68)
 
 

 

Instabook Corporation

 1. Tarzan of the Apes
 2. The Return of Tarzan
 3. The Beasts of Tarzan
 4. The Son of Tarzan
 5. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
 6. Jungle Tales of Tarzan
 7. Tarzan the Untamed
 8. A Princess of Mars
 9. The Gods of Mars
10. The Chessmen of Mars
11. At the Earth's Core and Out of Time's Abyss
12. Pellucidar
13. The Land That Time Forgot and Other Stories
            The Land That Time Forgot
            The Lost Continent
            The People That Time Forgot
            The Oakdale Affair
14. The Mad King
15. The Mucker
16. The Monster Men
17. The Outlaw of Torn

[Lloyd Arthur Eshbach]

 1. The Man-Eater
 2. Beyond Thirty


Michael Conran

 1. The Quest of Tarzan

Orca Digital Graphicx for the Burroughs Bibliophiles

 1. An Auto-Biography


Peking Press

 1. Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All (An Autobiographical Sketch)


Penguin Books
published by the Penguin Group

 1. Tarzan of the Apes


Quality Paperback Book Club

 1. Tarzan of the Apes ~ The Return of Tarzan


Signet Classic
published by New American Library ~ A Division of Penguin Books USA Inc. also Signet Classic published by the Penguin Group

 1. Tarzan of the Apes


Tempo Books
Grosset & Dunlap ~ A Filmways Company

 1. The Cave Girl


Tor 
published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

 1. Tarzan of the Apes


University of Nebraska Press (Bison Books)

 1. The Land That Time Forgot
 2. At the Earth's Core
 3. Pellucidar
 4. The Moon Maid
 5. Pirates of Venus
 6. Lost On Venus
 7. Beyond Thirty
 8. The Eternal Savage
 9. Under the Moons of Mars


[The Wilma Company]

 1. The Girl from Farris's

Dell paperback edition: Jean des Vignes cover art ~ August 1949

Note: Cover images for most of the above titles are featured in the
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Illustrated Bibliography in ERBzine

Bill Ross: ERB Collector

Part I: ERBzine 1156
Part II: ERBzine 1157
Part III: ERBzine 1460
Part IV: ERBzine 1476



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