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J. ALLEN ST. JOHN
WESTERN COVER ART
From the Robert Hunton Collection
My initial motivation to attempt a J. Allen St. John cover illustration collection derives from an hour-long interaction with the late, Darrell Richardson, at the 1998 Dum-Dum in Baltimore, MD. 

It was during the first full day of that convention, at adjacent tables in the Huckster Room, that we met and began examining and discussing a variety of cover illustrations by Chicago artist, J. Allen St. John. Darrell showed me wonderful examples of St. John work used by publishers for a wide range of popular fiction/NF titles—EXCLUSIVE of works by Edgar Rice Burroughs. These examples were mostly from the 1920s through 1940s, although he had a few earlier exceptions that he handled gingerly and described as ‘extremely rare for any collector.’ I was later to discover just how prophetic and accurate those words were! 

My 26-book collection has taken me years to assemble, often by the seat of my pants and extreme chance. I’ve acquired the elusive jackets in bidding wars at auction, encountered a few in antiquarian shops and book barns while on cross-country travels, and even received one as a gift. I made every effort to retain only books and original jackets in VG+ or better condition. Many in my collection are in VF condition. 

I’ve provided both front and back images for 26 non-Burroughs titles, including a mix of A.C. McClurg & Co. First Editions, A. L. Burt and Grosset & Dunlap reprints. A couple of the McClurg images are wrap-around illustrations. Perhaps of interest, the first book/jacket in the collection is 'Two-Gun Man' by Robert Ames Bennet. I purchased it from Darrell at the Baltimore Dum-Dum. Enjoy the images!

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J. Allen St. John Features in ERBzine
ERBzine 0602: St. John Biography and Colour Art Gallery I
ERBzine 0682: Guide to St. John Features in ERBzine
ERBzine 0683: St. John Gallery II ~ Line Art
ERBzine 1642: St. John Gallery III
The J. Allen St. John Self Portrait
A Face in the Pool

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