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J. Allen St. John: At the Earth's Core - 9 sepia interior plates
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AT THE EARTH'S CORE
ERB commenced writing this first novel in the Pellucidar series in January 1913
WT=The Inner World -- MT=Lost Inside the Earth/At the Earth's Core
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PUBLISHING HISTORY (USA)
PULP
All-Story Weekly: 1914 April 4, 11, 18, 25
    Modest Stein cover on first issue ~ headpieces in each installment by unknown artist
Modern Mechanics and Invention: "Lost Inside the Earth": 1929 February - April
    Unknown artist: two red/white illustrations per issue ~ ERB photo in issue one
FIRST EDITION
A.C. McClurg: July 22, 1922 ~ 277 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 17,000 ~ McClurg Total: 115,000 ~ Heins word count: 37,000
    J. Allen St. John: DJ and nine sepia plates
REPRINT EDITIONS
Grosset & Dunlap: 1923 and numerous other reprints ~ only eight interiors
Grosset & Dunlap: 1940 ~ no interiors ~ Sketch of ERB on DJ back
Ace paperback: September 1962 ~ with numerous reprintings ~ 142 pages
    Roy G. Krenkel cover and title page
Canaveral Press: October 24, 1962 ~ 159 pages
    Mahlon Blaine: DJ and seven b/w interiors
Dover: with Pellucidar and Tanar of Pellucidar as Three Science Fiction Novels by ERB: 1963 ~ 433 pages
    J. Allen St. John cover art from Pellucidar and 12 b/w G&D interiors ~ Paul F. Berdanier one illustration
Peter Smith library hardcover version of the Dover edition ~ no DJ
Ace paperback ~ 159 pages
    Frank Frazetta cover
Ace paperback movie tie-in: July 1976 ~ 210 pages
    Film illustration on cover
Doubleday Science-Fiction Book Club movie tie-in: November 1976 ~ 152 pages
    Film illustration DJ and eight b/w interior photos with stars: Doug McClure ~ Peter Cushing ~ Caroline Munro
Ballantine - Del Rey: May 1990 ~ 181 pages
    David B. Mattingly cover
Easton Press leather-bound edition with A Princess of Mars: 1996 ~318 pages
    Ron Miller interiors ~ L. Sprague de Camp introduction
Bison Press
    St. John adapted cover
Dover Juvenile
 
For detailed information see: Robert Zeuschner's
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PellucidarSeries
David Innes and Abner Perry build a giant mechanical prospector with which they hope to uncover vast mineral David Innes and Abner Perry build a giant mechanical prospector with which they hope to uncover vast mineral deposits far beneath the surface. On the "Iron Mole's" first trip, however, they discover that their vehicle can't be steered. Death seems certain, for doesn't everyone know that the center of the Earth is a molten mass of white-hot magma?

Instead what Innes and Perry discover is that the earth's crust in only 500 miles thick and that the inner surface is inhabited. This is the land of PELLUCIDAR, a place where dinosaurs roam through the jungles, and where saber-toothed tigers hunt the mastodon and mammoth. A tiny sun, the molten core of the Earth, hangs in the center of the heavens, shedding perpetual daylight upon Pellucidar. Because the sun never sets, because it is always now, there is no such thing as time in Pellucidar! Stranger still, because Pellucidar rests on the inner side of the Earth's crust, there is no horizon. The land curves* upwards*, as if you were standing on the inside of a gigantic bowl.

Humans dwell in Pellucidar as well, stone-age men and women who must fight to survive in this savage world. Even worse, these people have been made slaves of the Mahars, a race of intelligent but sinister reptiles who look upon humans as nothing more than beast of burden or as tasty snacks in one of their ghoulish ceremonies.

The struggle of David Innes and Abner Perry to free humanity from the Mahar tyranny is only the beginning of their adventures in Pellucidar. There are a total of seven books in this exciting series, in which Edgar Rice Burroughs takes you on journeys across savage seas infested with plesiosaurs and other hungry creatures, to mountains where pterodactyls roost, and to lands where every waking moment is a struggle to survive. Even Tarzan visits Pellucidar, taking a ride on a dirigible through "Symmes Hole" at the North Pole. So take a journey, via Iron Mole or dirigible, and discover for yourself the wonders, the terrors, and the excitement of Pellucidar…

At the Earth's Core
David Innes and Abner Perry build a giant mechanical prospector with which they hope to uncover vast mineral deposits far beneath the surface. On the "Iron Mole's" first trip, however, they discover that their vehicle can't be steered. Death seems certain, for doesn't everyone know that the center of the earth is a molten mass of white-hot magma? Instead what Innes and Perry discover is that the earth's crust in only 500 miles thick and that the inner surface is inhabited. This is the land of Pellucidar, a place where dinosaurs roam through the jungles, and where saber-toothed tigers hunt the mastodon and mammoth. A tiny sun, the molten core of the earth, hangs in the centre of the heavens, shedding perpetual daylight upon Pellucidar.
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The Chicago papers published numerous articles on Earth’s Core theories and life on Mars. 
Many have been reprinted in ERBzine.com.
Here are two examples:
www.erbzine.com/mag14/1448.html
Into the Heart of the World After Andree
The Chicago Tribune ~ October 3, 1909

www.erbzine.com/mag14/1446.html
“Is There a WORLD INSIDE of the WORLD?"
Chicago Daily Tribune August 3, 1913?
NOTE: Edgar Rice Burroughs commenced writing At the Earth’s Core, the first novel in the Pellucidar series, in January 1913
There are interesting relating items in ERB’s personal library.
ERBzine’s ERB Library Project with over 1,000 titles, publishing info, bios, art, covers, etc. is featured at:
www.ERBzine.com/dan
Through the Earth by
Clement Fezandie (1865 – 1959)
is one of the volumes found there on shelf F1:
www.erbzine.com/dan/f1.html
A search of ERBzine using our internal Google search found on the opening page or on all the Archive pages will find many more references to early proponents of the hollow earth theory.

ERB map of Pellucidar
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PULP COVER GALLERY
From ERBzine Illustrated Pulp Biblio: ERBzine 0220

All-Story Weekly - April 11, 1914 - At the Earth's Core 2/4All-Story Weekly - April 18, 1914 - At the Earth's Core 3/4All-Story Weekly - April 25, 1914 - At the Earth's Core 4/4
Modern Mechanics & Invention - February 1929 - Lost Inside the Earth (AEC) 1/3Modern Mechanics & Invention - March 1929 - Lost Inside the Earth (AEC) 2/3???Modern Mechanics & Invention - April 1929 - Lost Inside the Earth (AEC) 3/3
Newspaper Serialization
Six installments in New York Evening World from June 8-13, 1914.
Philadelphia Public Ledger, February 26, 1916 ~ Illustrated by Hanlon.
The Post Telegram, Camden, New Jersey, December 1922
Dubuque Times-Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, December 1922
The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, January 1923
The Republican, Springfield, Missouri, January 1923
Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, January 1923
Tacoma News-Tribune, Tacoma, Washington, January 1923
Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, January 1923
The Detroit Journal, Detroit, Michigan, date unknown

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Modest Stein art reconstruction by Charles Madison

J. ALLEN ST. JOHN ART GALLERY

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ERBzine 0431: Pellucidar Gallery IV
15 Illustrations from At The Earth's Core
The Prospector
The machine in which David Innes and Abner Perry first reached Pellucidar.
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Roy Krenkel Ace CoverFrank Frazetta Ace Cover
Ace Movie Tie-In
Bison Press
Dover EditionEaston Press Edition with A Princess of MarsTantor Media audio bookERBville Press edition - pulp content

Finnish cover for a Pellucidar novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs published by Karisto.
The caption below says "Ten marks"


ROY G. KRENKEL GALLERY



Ace F-156 | 1962

Ace Frontispiece

Original 


PRELIMINARY ART


CANAVERAL EDITION

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At the Earth's Core
Frazetta painting for the Ace edition (click)


"Arrival in Pellucidar" by Reed Crandall ~ ERB-dom No. 17
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