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ERB wrote this from July 8 - August 10, 1915 ~ Retitled The Lost Continent in paperback reprints
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All Around Magazine: February 1916 ~ 61 pages ~ no illustrations
Lloyd A. Eshbach (Fantasy Press fanzine): 1955 ~ 57 pages ~ no illustrations
Beyond Thirty and The Man-Eater: Science-Fiction & Fantasy Publications (Bradford M. Day): 1957 ~ 229 pages ~ Word count estimate: 37,000.
    Gil Kane B/W dust jacket art ~ no interiors
REPRINT EDITIONS (with title change: The Lost Continent)
Ace paperback: October 1963 and later reprint~ 123 pages
    Frank Frazetta cover and title page art
Ace paperback larger format: March 1973 and later reprints  ~ 144 pages
Ace paperback: January 1979 ~ 141 pages
    Sanjulian cover art
Ballantine - Del Rey: September 1992 ~ 131 pages
    Michael Herring cover art
Bison Books (U of Nebraska Press: March 2001 ~ 123 pages
    R. W. Boeche cover art
House of Greystoke: 2017 ~ 135 pages ~ Michael Hatt 2017 Dum-Dum Edition
     Foreword and Notes: Martin Powell and Robert Barrett
    Oscar Gonzales cover art ~ Interior art: Bo Hampton and Gil Kane
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Offset from typewritten copy, plain wrappers. Second edition of BEYOND THIRTY and first edition of THE MAN-EATER. Limited to 300 copies. Both volumes published without authorization and anonymously circa 1955 by Lloyd A. Eshbach. 
"Beyond Thirty" was first published in ALL AROUND MAGAZINE, February 1916 and "The Man-Eater" was first published as a serial in a New York city newspaper, THE EVENING WORLD, November 15-20, 1915. 
This "book" version of "Beyond Thirty" was preceded by an earlier anonymously produced 102-page hectographed booklet dated February 1953. Heins, p. 187. 
Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent)
For two hundred years, a civilized America had cut off all contact with the war-ruined Eastern Hemisphere until such places as Europe and Great Britain had become mere legends. Then Jefferson Turck dared take his U.S. aero-sub across the 30th Longitude West on the mission of a new Columbus, and a fascinating voyage of discovery. To civilized Americans of the 22nd Century, the Eastern Hemisphere exists only as fearsome legend. This mythical Europe became a wild collection of lands degenerated into barbarism long ago in a series of terrible wars. But to Lt. Jefferson Turck of the Pan American Navy, the lost continent has always held a strange fascination .... And so, undaunted, he sets out, a new Columbus -- this time sailing East to discover a land rich in peril, where the lion is king of beasts and men, but the queen is a beautiful barbarian worth the challenge of THE LOST CONTINENT.

“Edgar Rice Burroughs literally signed hundreds of books during his lifetime, but apparently only signed three pulp magazines that are known. For Forrest Ackerman he signed a copy of the October 1912 issue of All-Story with ‘Tarzan of the Apes.’ That magazine was auctioned off for something in the 40-50K range. For Vernell Coriell he also signed another October 1912 issue of All-Story — but also signed the February 1916 issue of All Around Magazine which contained his ‘Beyond Thirty.’ That All Around issue is easily the rarest pulp to ever include a Burroughs story.

“In the collected edition of the first twelve issues of The Burroughs Bulletin — in an article titled ‘A Visit to Tarzana’ — Vern Coriell writes: ‘. . . I had brought along some choice items from my collection which included the Oct. 1912 All Story magazine and Feb. 1916 All Around magazine. . . . I asked him if he would mind signing my copies of All-Story and All Around. . . . he said “Mr. Coriell, these are my last signatures, I shall never sign another.” 

“First of course, we only have Vern Coriell’s statement that ERB said it would be his last autograph, but ERB’s family — including his two sons — were present at the signing, and no one challenged Coriell’s statement which first saw print in 1956. 

“The only way to date the autograph is by the fact that Coriell accompanied ERB to the movie studio where Tarzan and the Slave Girl was being shot. I would guess late summer 1949. 

“The movie itself was released on March 15, 1950, just four days prior to Burroughs’ death. 

“This 1949 visit was also the scene of the last known photo of ERB, made at the movie studio. The photograph was printed as the inside back cover of Larry Ivie’s Monsters and Heroes #4, March 1969. Burroughs is seated in a wheelchair. Behind him l. to r. are Coriell, founder of the official ERB fan club, ERB’s grandson Mike Pierce, and Lex Barker, wearing the loincloth as the current cinematic Tarzan.

“You can see how frail ERB looks. He complains to Coriell about his poor health.

“If you read the last chapter of the Porges biography ERB had paralysis in his legs which required him to be pushed around in the wheelchair and he was generally in declining health from 1949 onward. It is also stated that normally ERB was too ill to be able to receive visitors.

“The signature is also not the firm Edgar Rice Burroughs you see on so many books from the preceding decades. 

“The only other lines that I can add from the account is Coriell again quoting ERB, ‘I hope you will be able to read this. I am so ashamed of my writing since I have been ill. I used to have a hand I was proud of.’

“And Burroughs to Lex Barker at the movie studio the next day, ‘No autographs. I signed my last one yesterday.'” 

~ Kevin Cook
1. ERB's Autograph on the Title Page of BEYOND THIRTY in All Around Magazine ~ February 1915
2. ERB visits the set of Tarzan and the Slave Girl in 1949
Vern Coriell ~ Grandson Mike Pierce ~ Lex Barker
(More at the 
ERBzine Silver Screen entry for Tarzan and the Slave Girl
and Joan Pierce Biography)

By Doug Denby
ERB had written this story, for the most part, while staying in Coldwater at his in-laws farm, which was in reality a summer home for them. Remember that both ERB and his wife came from well-to-do families.

Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent) was written from July 8 to August 10 in 1915 and first published in All Around Magazine in February of 1916. In the first chapters, the good ship "Coldwater", a somewhat old and dilapidated ship, in 2131 fails, leading to its captain and a few crew being stranded on the east side of the 30 degree west longitude line splitting the Atlantic Ocean. This puts them into an unknown land, and adventures ensue.

First, the old American Manifest Destiny rears its head immediately. This is the philosophy that the US has a God-given right to rule over, not only North America but, all of the Americas. While it is not called the US, there has arisen a Pan-America against the rest of the world. This Pan-America has the same constitutional history as the USA and precepts of the USA, including its founding fathers.

The War of 1812 was the first attempt by the US to militarily annex the neighbour to the north. It failed. The Mexican-American War (1848-1848) was more successful gaining for the US lots of land that forms California, Texas and other states. In 1898, as part of the Spanish-American War, Cuba was invaded with Teddy Roosevelt as a major player. The end of the Spanish Empire in 1898 gave the US several dependencies around the globe.  A century and a bit later, 2001, Teddy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in that conflict, showing, to some degree, modern approval for this expansionist act. 

Without going into a full history, many other examples of American intervention in Central and South American Nation’s affairs abound. While popular in the US, this expansionist and interference policy is not liked by neighbours. The only way it could have occurred was by military dominance, and this is assumed by ERB in Beyond Thirty, after all, he is writing only 17 years after the Spanish American War.

Second, context is always important. Written in the first person, this story is likely to reveal some of the author’s true feelings at a given moment. Turck, the hero of the story, is introduced into a new society with an interesting structure. Because the maternity of a person is easily recognized, and paternity is a hope, this new society has a King that is not a King because of heredity, but a Queen. Kings dominate by capturing and holding a Queen. Once held, the King rules but only so long as the Queen is his. Should she die, her daughter becomes Queen and whoever possesses her becomes the new King. Kings become blustering muscle-men but truly helpless when the Queen derides him. So, the consort of the Queen’s first born daughter has no standing until the Queen dies, when he ascends to the throne.

ERB’s wife, Emma Centennial Hubert, was first born daughter of Emma Theresa Drake. ERB is at the mercy of his mother-in-law right from the beginning as he and his wife moved in with his in-laws upon the marriage. Within a few months of the marriage, ERB’s family business is struck by the stock-market collapse of May 1901. In the next year, ERB contracts typhoid and nearly dies. For the next few years ERB becomes dependent on this brothers for work.

In 1904, he and his wife are again living with his in-laws, having had to sell off furniture to pay for a train back home. The next few years are more of the same, including a few scams, like selling a cure for alcoholism and training salesmen. Finally in the fall of 1911, he thinks he can make money as a writer, but has to still hold down a job working for his brother. It is not until the fall of 1913 that he thinks he can truly support his family and they move to California. I wonder what his mother-in-law thought. In the spring of 1914, he is again back in Chicago living in his mother-in-law's house. Although he moves his family out in May of that year, but spend at least 10 days of June in the Coldwater summer home of his in-laws. 

He just can’t seem to get out from under his mother-in-law’s influence. Even when he writes Beyond Thirty in Coldwater the following year. How does it feel to be the King of your castle but it isn’t really yours? Only upon the death of his mother-in-law will he be able to control his wife’s inherited position. He is a middle-aged man with a family and still trying to prove himself, while elder Queen Emma dominates his situation. Later it is his wife, Queen Emma, that he feels is dominating his life.

Third, the hero’s name, Turck, is truck, with but a single letter shift. Is the Republic Truck his hero? Does the truck represent his desire for independence and freedom? It is the following year that he and his family set out for Maine using a Republic Truck. The trip is curtailed and instead they return to California, finally freeing himself of his mother-in-law’s domination.

Fourth, Beyond Thirty, the title of this story is also the age which ERB was when he wrote the story. Co-incidence?

ERBzine Refs
The ERB/Coldwater Connection
Michael Hatt's 2017 Coldwater Dum-Dum
Joan Burroughs Early Years Bio
ERB's 1916 Cross-Country Auto Trip


All Around Magazine - February 1916 - Beyond Thirty
All-Around Magazine ~ Feb 1916
Cover art by N. C. Wyeth

Lloyd A. Eshbach (Fantasy Press fanzine): 1955 ~ 57 pages ~ no illustrations

Art by Harry Borgman

Frazetta Art for the Ace Paperback

Frazetta II: The Legend Continues Trading Card #82

Del Rey September 1992 edition: Michael Herring cover artE-kirja

Bison Press edition: R. W. Boeche cover art ~ March 2001Tandem UK 1977 editionLost Continent (Beyond 30)

Graphic Novel from India

Web Comics Series from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Adapted by Martin Powell and Art by Oscar Gonzalez

Artist: Manuel Sanjulian ~ ACE paperback

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