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J. Allen St. John: Pirates of Venus - 5 b/w interiors - ERB Map
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PIRATES OF VENUS
ERB started this new Venus (Amtor) series with Carson Napier in September 1931
For more references see ERBzine's
Venus/Amtor Guide I ~ Venus/Amtor Guide II


PUBLISHING HISTORY (USA)
PULP
Argosy Weekly: 1932 September 17, 24 ~ October 1, 8, 15, 22
    Paul Stahr cover in first issue ~ Samuel Cahan: one b/w interior per issue
FIRST EDITION
ERB Inc. Tarzana: February 15, 1934 ~ 314 pages ~ Print Run: 5,068 ~ Approximate word count: 57,000
    J. Allen St. John: DJ and five b/w interiors ~ ERB: map of Amtor on endpages
REPRINT EDITIONS
ERB Inc. Tarzana: after February 1934
Grosset & Dunlap: 1935 ~ only four interiors
Grosset & Dunlap: 1940 ~ no interiors or endpapers map
ERB Inc. Tarzana: 1940 ~ DJ and frontispiece only
ERB Inc. Tarzana: March 26, 1948 ~ DJ and frontispiece only
Canaveral Press: November 16, 1962
    J. Allen St. John: DJ (adapted version of a St. John interior by Sam Sigaloff ) and four interiors ~ ERB endpaper map
Ace paperback: January 1963 ~ at least two later printings ~ 173 pages
    Roy G. Krenkel cover and title page
Dover with Lost on Venus as: Two Novels by ERB: November 1963 ~ 340 pages
    Fortunino Matania: cover and 25 interiors (from 1934 British weekly THE PASSING SHOW)
Canaveral Press: 1975 reprint with black letters on red cloth
Ace paperback: March 1973 ~ 205 pages
    Roy G. Krenkel cover (originally on the Ace A Fighting Man of Mars)
Ace paperback: June 1979 ~ 205 pages
    Esteban Maroto cover
Ballantine - Del Rey: July 1991 ~ 183 pages
    Richard Hescox cover
University of Nebraska Press: Bison Books Edition
 
For detailed information see: Robert Zeuschner's
ERB: The Exhaustive Scholar’s and Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography
Dial 1-800-253-2187 to order a copy from McFarland for $46.50
Pirates of Venus was the first of the Amtor/Venus series. Although first serialized in Argosy in 1932, it was later serialized in Passing Show Magazine in England, with the ERB, Inc. first edition hardcover appearing in February 15, 1934. The hero, Earthborn Carson, arrives on Venus in answer to telepathic messages. Through an error in trajectory calculation his Mars-bound spaceship lands on Venus. The story is a typically Burroughs with high adventure, fighting hero in a strange alien land, a beautiful princess, fantastic creatures and strange societies. As he has done in his previous alien worlds, ERB creates a new language with a written alphabet.. Reflecting the mood of the '30s, ERB has also included elements of political satire against communism (the Thorists).
Venus Series
Covered by clouds and shrouded in mystery, the planet Venus was the last place Carson Napier (a somewhat more cautious hero than John Carter), expected touch down when he launched his secret rocketship to Mars. But a miscalculation sent him hurtling out of control through the cloaking mists of Earth’s sister world. When Carson Napiers giant rocket crashlanded on planet Venus, he knew that there would be no return to Earth for him. His problem was to survive some how until other Earth rockets could follow. Beneath the cloud cover of Venus Carson discovers a world of sky-high trees, warring kingdoms and princesses in need of rescue. But, more often than not, it seems that Carson is the one in need of rescuing! Venus was a place of unmapped oceans dotted with great islands; a world with mammoth forests whose trees pierced the clouds and whose cities squatted on their branches and winged men flew. A planet whose inhabitants included men, half-men, and monsters, all struggling with each other for dominance.

Captured by an ancient native civilization, Carson glimpsed a beautiful woman in a palace garden and committed a sun unpardonable by the laws of his adopted planet -- He fell in love with a princess of Venus… Beneath the eternal clouds, Carson found a race of strange men inhabiting trees that made the giant red woods of California look like mere saplings. These men - and their woman - were all very handsome and healthy, for they had discovered the secret of perpetual youth and the method of avoiding all disease. But despite all their wisdom, imminent danger threatened to wipe out all the Vepajans and their lovely princess Duare.

The world of Amtor (as the Venusians call their planet), like Barsoom, is very advanced in some ways and very backwards in others. Scientists have harnessed atomic power for their sea-going ships, but are completely ignorant of the concept of flying machines until Carson builds one. Whichever means of travel you use, don't stray too far from land. Amtorians think their world is a flat disc, and if you travel to the rim you might freeze to death in the frozen wastes at the edge, and if you venture toward the center of the disc you could die from the heat. With their belief that the equator is where the North Pole is and vice versa you can get lost on Amtor pretty fast.

A trip to Amtor is bound to be loaded with adventure and thrills. And if you run across Carson Napier, give him a hand out of his current predicament after all, he did land on the wrong planet....

Pirates of Venus
Covered by clouds and shrouded in mystery, the planet Venus was the last place Carson Napier expected touch down when he launched his secret rocketship to Mars. But a miscalculation sent him hurtling out of control through the cloaking mists of Earth’s sister world. When Carson Napiers giant rocket crash-landed on planet Venus, he knew that there would be no return to Earth for him. His problem was to survive some how until other Earth rockets could follow. Venus was a place of unmapped oceans dotted with great islands; a world with mammoth forests whose trees pierced the clouds and whose cities squatted on their branches and winged men flew. A planet whose inhabitants included men, half-men, and monsters, all struggling with each other for dominance.

Then, captured by an ancient native civilization, Carson glimpsed a beautiful woman in a palace garden and committed a sun unpardonable by the laws of his adopted planet -- He fell in love with a princess of Venus… Beneath the eternal clouds, Carson found a race of strange men inhabiting trees that made the giant red woods of California look like mere saplings. These men - and their woman - were all very handsome and healthy, for they had discovered the secret of perpetual youth and the method of avoiding all disease. But despite all their wisdom, imminent danger threatened to wipe out all the Vepajans and their lovely princess Duare.

Had Carson Napier arrived in time to save them, or was his arrival the signalfor the annihilation to begin?


April 19, 1935

April 15, 1935

Toronto Star Weekly ~ February 18, 1936

AMTORIAN ART GALLERIES

Fortunino Matania:

Cover and 25 interiors
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PULP GALLERY
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Argosy: September 17, 1932 - Pirates of Venus 1/6Argosy - October 8, 1932 - The Pirates of Venus 4/6
From the ERBzine Illustrated Pulp Bibliography


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Paul Stahr cover art restoration by Charles Madison


J. ALLEN ST. JOHN

St. John ERB DJ
ERB Map of Amtor with Amtorian Alphabet
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St. John Frontispiece: Spreading his powerful wings, he rose, while Duare stretched her hands toward me.Drawing my sword, I leaped to the side of the huge arachnid and struck viciously at its head.The klangan, spreading thier wings, rose into the air, carrying us with them.Her dagger hand dropped to her side. I cannot, she sobbed and, turning, fled from the room.


PAPERBACK COVER GALLERY

THE PIRATES OF VENUS and LOST ON VENUS ~ Two Venus Novels by ERB ~ Illustrated by Fortunino Matania

Ace Edition 1979: Esteban Maroto artDel Rey 1991:  Richard Hescox art


ROY G. KRENKEL ACE GALLERY

Ace F-179 | 1963

Frontispiece

Original
From the Krenkel Ace Galleries
ERBzine 3330 | ERBzine 3331 | ERBzine 3332

NON USA COVER GALLERY
Pirates of Venus - Pinnacle 1954Pirates of Venus - 4 Square UK: Roy Carnon artPirates of Venus - New English Library  UK 1972Pirates of Venus



Lord Greystokes British Gallery
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Matania art in the McWhorter Louisville Collection
Carson Napier Before Venus by F. Ekman
JCB Venus Gallery: EV
JCB Venus Gallery: CV
Fortunino Matania: Images of Amtor Art: Pirates of Venus
Fortunino Matania: Images of Amtor Art: Lost On Venus
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Patrick Ewing's First Edition Determinors
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Edgar Rice Burroughs: LifeLine Biography
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Burroughs Bibliophiles Bulletin
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