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Contract for Tarzan of the Apes
Chicago: April 13, 1914

Printed and typed contract between Edgar Rice Burroughs and A.C. McClurg & Co. for the book publication of Tarzan of the Apes, signed by Burroughs, Ogden S. McClurg (President of A.C. McClurg & Co.), and two witnesses. On the rectos of two sheets of legal-size paper, 13x8½.

Original signed agreement for the book publication of one of the most famous and influential literary creations of the 20th century, the first edition of Tarzan of the Apes. Though A Princess of Mars had been published in magazine form in the spring of 1912 (under the pseudonym of "Norman Bean), it was Tarzan, written during the first six months of 1912, and published complete in the October, 1912, issue of The All-Story, who was Burroughs' most famous and enduring character,  and the foundation of his enormous success. A year and a half later

he signed this contract with McClurg for his first book publication, with many more to come. Upon this foundation was built his vast empire based upon books, films, radio programs, newspaper comic strips, and many advertising campaigns featuring Tarzan. Burroughs even lived in his own city,Tarzana, developed from the 540 acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley he purchased in 1919. ERB, as he became known to his many fans and readers, had come far since his struggles to support his family with myriad jobs and enterprises prior to his excursion into pulp literature. The contract itself is a standard agreement, McClurg to publish the manuscript in book form "at its own expense and in such style and manner and in such quantity as it deems most expedient," with plans to sell it at $1.25 per copy. Burroughs was to receive a royalty of 10% upon the first 5000 copies, 12½% upon the second 5000, and 15% thereafter (there were about 10,000 copies printed for McClurg in 1914). Burroughs was also to receive gratis 12 copies of the book, and he could purchase additional copies at a discount of 40% off the retail price. He was to be paid an advance of $250. This is the McClurg file copy of the contract, with "Original" written in pencil at the top of the first page, and docketed in ink on the back of the second page, "Tarzan of the Apes, Agreement with Edgar Rice Burroughs, April 30, 1914."

Old tape repairs to splits at the folds, with discoloration and bleeding from them, wear and tape stains to the lower edge of the first leaf, a few small edge chips, else very good, a landmark piece in the pantheon of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

Publisher's announcement for 
Tarzan of the Apes

Chicago:  McClurg ~ June 1, 1914

 Broadside announcement/order form for the first edition of Tarzan of the Apes. Printed in red and black, with a reproduction of the illustration by Fred J. Arting which was used for the wrap-around dust jacket on the book, and a portion of which became the title-page illustration. 12¼x6.

Rare pre-publication announcement and order form for the first edition of one of the great literary creations of our time, Tarzan of the Apes, Lord of the Jungle. Dated June 1, 1914, the broadside announces that "there will be issued on June 17 one of the most Original and remarkable stories ever written, Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs." The premise for the story is given, "a white man of noble birth, who, when a tiny babe, was adpoted by a giant female belonging to a tribe of anthropoid apes," along with other particulars. The price is given as $1.30 net, at the bottom of the sheet is an order form with which multiple copies may be ordered from McClurg.

In the left margin are four punch-holes, and the announcement was at one time yanked from a binder, resulting in some paper loss between the punch-holes and the edge of the paper, affecting a letter or two; mild darkening, a few short tears, old tape stains at lower edge, else very good.

Contract for The Monster Men
Jan. 29, 1929

Original typed agreement between Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and A.C. McClurg & Co. for the book publication of The Monster Men, signed by Burroughs, Joseph E. Bray (President of A.C. McClurg & Co., and two witnesses. On the rectos of two sheets of legal-size paper, 13x8½).

Typed contract, signed by Burroughs, for the last of his non-series titles published by McClurg. Burroughs, now incorporated, was to receive royalties of 15% for the first 10,000 copies, and 20% therafter. As it turned out, only about 5,000 copies were issued by McClurg. Burroughs made sure that he retained all dramatic, motion picture and serial rights, that he would receive 50% royalties on cheaper cloth editions of said book, all rights of "foreign translation into other languages than English," and 80% of the royalties on any Canadian edition. At the top of the first page is written in ink, "OP Cancelled and signed (?) to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. August 11, 1939 - 50.00." Apparently Burroughs bought back the copyright in 1939 for a bargain price of $50, but it was not republished until the 1962 Canaveral Press edition.

Light wear, each sheet with McClurg's "Received" rubberstamp dated 1929 on the reverse, discoloration (from a previously affixed label?) to the signature of one of the witnesses, else very good.

Three checks signed by Burroughs
Tarzana ~ 1939 & 1940

Three original signed checks drawn on Burroughs' Citizen's National Bank account: To his wife Florence Gilbert Burroughs, for $18.00, Jan. 15, 1940; to his brother-in-law Edward Gilbert, for $8.50, Dec. 8, 1939; and to his mother-in-law, Maud Gilbert, for $20, dated Aug. 1, 1939. Each with perforated cancellations and rubberstamps. Framed together.

Burroughs' signature is quite clear in each case. There is not indication of what the checks were for; ERB and Florence were divorced in 1940.

How I Wrote the Tarzan Books ~ 1937

Mimeographed typescript. 6 leaves, on rectos only, stapled. 11x8½.

Apparently unpublished 1937 mimeographed typescript, in which Burroughs relates his early life and what led him to write the stories which made him famous, "The best answer is that I needed the money. When I started I was thirty-five and had failed in every enterprise I had ever attempted..."

There are a number of ink notations to the ms., added later by Robert Fenton, mostly giving the dates at which the various episodes related by Burroughs must have taken place. Accompanied by a modern transcript.

Some soiling and creases, punch holes in left margin, very good.

 "99 Days" 
From the Original Unpublished Notes of
Edgar Rice Burroughs

20 leaves, typed on rectos only. Edited by Robert Fenton, with his notes and corrections in ink and pencil. 11x8½, in binder of yellow paper wrappers.

Burroughs' account of a trip across country he and his family made in 1916, typed up from his notes by Robert Fenton in 1961. Accompanied by a modern transript.

Wrappers soiled, worn; minor internal wear, 2 leaves darkened, else very good.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan 
by  Irwin Porges
Brigham Young University Press ~ 1975
Intro. by Ray Bradbury. Hulbert Burroughs, pictorial editor. Profusely illustrated with reproductions of photographs, illustrations from Burroughs' books, dust jackets, manuscripts, letters, etc. 11x8¼, half leatherette & cloth, spine lettered in gilt, jacket. First Edition. Probably the most comprehensive biography of ERB. This copy signed and/or inscribed by a number of persons involved with the production of the book or with the Burroughs' family. These include Ed Gilbert, Irwin Porbes, Ray Bradbury, Florence Gilbert Burroughs (ERB's widow), Lee Ashton Chase and Caryl Lee Chase (her two children by previous marriage), Danton Burroughs (ERB's grandson), Jane Ralston Burroughs (ERB's daughter-in-law), and Claire Stone [Gilbert]. Normal wear to both jacket and volume, jacket price clipped; very good 

Tarzan of the Air: 
A Program with a Readymade Audience 
~ ERB, Inc. 1933 ~

 4 pp. (single sheet folded). With color illustration by J. Allen St. John on the first page. 11x8½, with original mailing envelope, unused. Rare prospectus for the Tarzan radio program, "produced and distributed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Tarzana, California, under the personal supervision of Edgar Rice Burroughs," describing the appeal of the program to advertisers, in an effort to get radio stations to carry the show. fine in original unused envelope.

Florence Gilbert - manuscript of biographical sketch published in Tarzine ~  John Fuller McGuigan, Jr.
Pencil ms. of the essay, on versos of 5 sheets of Gilbert's Book Shop stationery, plus a photocopy of the revised ms., a typed copy of the sketch sent to Gilbert by John Fuller McGuigan with letter of transmittal, 7 photocopies of photographs of Florence Gilbert (some with ERB), and 23 issues of the magazine Tarzine (broken run, No. 5, June 1982, to No. 82, Feb. 1993). 11x8½, wrappers. Manuscript of Ed Gilbert's poignent biographical sketch of his sister Florence Gilbert, 1904-1991, whose second husband was Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was published in Tarzine 81, June 1992, as Remembering Florence Gilbert. The lot contains 23 issues of Tarzine, 1982-1993, dedicated to the life, writings, and associations of Edgar Rice Burroughs, published in Midland, Texas, the heart of Bush country. Fine.

The Eddie Gilbert ERB Collection
Eddie Gilbert
Inscriptions & Sketches I
Inscriptions & Sketches II
ERB Memorabilia
Frontispieces & Title Pages
Special Publications
Cover Gallery I
Cover Gallery II
Florence Gilbert Burroughs Bio
Florence Gilbert Filmography

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