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Burroughs, Edgar Rice
(reprint) omnibus: 1974
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Frank Frazetta

Book= VG+ or better
Dustjacket= VG+ or better

For a nice hardcover edition that will survive a few readings, you can't beat the set from the SFBC with covers and interiors by Frazetta. Frazetta did dozens of covers for Burroughs paperbacks in the Sixties when he took over from Roy Krenkel - his ablitiy and style made him world-famous. SFBC got it very right when they commissioned Frazetta to do these. Frazetta tended to "tinker" or modify his covers over time for later editions. This SFBC edition is the earliest version for this cover (and I like it best.)

SFBC: July 1970 hardcover (copyright 1917.) Cover and 3 interior illustrations by Frank Frazetta, 179 pages. Condition is VG+ or better in a VG+ or better dustjacket: book is tight with mild tilt (1/8" or less) at top, with 1/8" to 1/4" tilt at bottom; the usual light bumping to spine ends but not to corners of book; age tanning is negligable. Unclipped DJ has no tears; light wear to ends of spine and top/bottom edges near spine, light rubbing wear (more on back than front - see scans.) No stamps, marks or writing.

A Princess of Mars - First in the "Mars/John Carter" series. (Original magazine version was titled "Under the Moons of Mars" - as by Norman Bean in 1912.) This may have been Science Fiction when it came out, but the "Mars" books are more like Science Fantasy or Fantasy in a Mars that could have been, but now we know is not to be. That doesn't make them any less fun to read, or lessen Burrough's sense of adventure and storytelling ability.

John Carter, a gentleman from Virginia, is transported to Mars. Captured by a band of green 6-limbed, savage giants, Carter soon earns their respect due to his ability in hand-to-hand combat (also thanks to his Earth-accustomed muscles and reflexes.) Accorded the honor of a chieftan, but still a prisoner, John Carter becomes involved in a bitterr rivalry when the green warriors demolish a fleet of airships and take as prisoner the lovely Princess of the city of Helium. Dejah Thoris is completely human in appearance - Carter falls in love with her, and decides to rescue her. Should he fail, his beautiful Princess would suffer an unspeakable fate at the hands of Tal Hajus, the green warrior's depraved ruler.

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