ERB Firsts Title
ERB Firsts - First edition books by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1 Tarzan of the Apes 2 The Return of Tarzan 3 The Beasts of Tarzan 4 The Son of Tarzan
5 Tarzan & the Jewels of Opar 6 Jungle Tales of Tarzan 7 Tarzan the Untamed 8 Tarzan the Terrible
9 Tarzan & the Golden Lion 10 Tarzan and the Ant Men 11 The Tarzan Twins 12 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
13 Tarzan & the Lost Empire 14 Tarzan at the Earth's Core 15 Tarzan the Invincible 16 Tarzan Triumphant
17 Tarzan & the City of Gold 18 Tarzan and the Lion Man 19 Tarzan & the Leopard Men 20 Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-Ja
21 Tarzan's Quest 22 Tarzan & the Forbidden City 23 Tarzan the Magnificent 24 Tarzan & the Foreign Legion
25 Tarzan & the Madman 26 Tarzan and the Castaways 27 Tarzan - The Lost Adventure

Tarzan of the Apes
FIRST EDITION IDENTIFIERS:

Published on June 6, 1914, this is Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel to come out in hard cover. There are 3 states of the first edition, all bound in a maroon cloth. All three have the publisher's name, "A.C. McClurg", printed on the spine and on the title page. The first and second state books each weigh about 1.25lbs due to using a heavier stock paper. The words "W.F. Hall Printing Co. Chicago" are printed in Old English on the copyright page, whereas the third state uses the Gothic type-face. See photo below and to the right for examples.

Photo of second state showing Acorn symbol between "A" and "C".
OLD ENGLISH - on 1st & 2nd state -------->

(Located at bottom of Copyright page)

GOTHIC - on 3rd state ---------------------->

The difference between the 1st and 2nd state is that there is an Acorn symbol printed on the spine above A.C. McClurg. The third state has a title page that has been tipped in All three printings have gold leaf lettering on the cover and spine. There is only one illustration, the frontispiece.

Of these 3 states, it has been confirmed that both the 2nd & 3rd states were published for the Canadian market by "McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart" by simply tipping in a new title page bearing their name into the American first edition. Otherwise they are identical in every way to include the Acorn image on the spine of the 2nd state edition; as such, the Canadian printings would be considered a "Mixed edition". McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart also distributed a few other Tarzan titles by inserting a new title page into the American first edition, to include "The Return of Tarzan".

A mysterious 4th state surfaced in Dr. Henry Hein's 1964 book, "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs".  The 4th state is said to be identical to the 3rd state but bound in Orange or Green cloth. In his book he quotes one who owned the orange cover as saying it was a "hideous shade of orange". Dr Hein's also said three individuals confirmed the existence of a green cover "Tarzan of the Apes". Over the years this information has been included in other bibliographies as well using Mr. Hein's book as its sole reference.

Copyright page from first state. Note - the 4 leaf clover is a marker showing my ownership and is not on the actual page.
Research upon my part suggests there never was a 4th state "Tarzan of the Apes". Attempts to locate this ghost copy include communications with 4 noteable ERB collectors; three of whom had every ERB book in original dust jacket except "The Return of Tarzan". Not one of them had personally owned or even viewed a 4th state copy though two of them owned the rare paperback prepublication of Tarzan of the Apes. My assumption is the "hideous orange" cover was in reality a 3rd state in which the maroon cloth had been weathered by sunlight & moisture resulting in a "hideous shade of orange". The green binding variants were most likely A.L. Burt copies.

A.C. McClurg printed a total of 10,000 First Edition copies of "Tarzan of the Apes", with approximations of 5000 of the 1st state, 2500 of the 2nd state, and 2500 of the 3rd state. It is not known if the Canadian printings are included in the 2500 copies of both the 2nd and 3rd state. The book shown below is the 1st state, first edition.

Above is a reproduction of the first edition dust jacket (see ERB Links list of places to purchase dust jackets).

REPRINT EDITIONS

A.L. Burt Reprint Editions

1915 white lettered first Burt edition 1915 white lettered first Burt edition Later Burt edition printed after 1915 Later Burt edition printed after 1915 Later Burt edition printed after 1915 This Burt edition places the author's name at the bottom.
Later Burt jacket as leaves are a lighter color. Later Burt jacket as leaves are a lighter color. Reproduction of the 1st Burt edition from "The Dust Jacket Store".

   From 1915 until 1928 A.L. Burt reprinted this title in a number of variations as shown above. The earliest
   printings have white lettering and the dust jacket is virtually the same as the first edition jacket; however
   "A.L. Burt" is printed on the spine. Later versions have black lettering on the covers and the dust jacket
   colors have changed slightly, i.e. the leaves are light green.  A.L. Burt did not include the date of the
   printing so many a novice incorrectly assumes the book to be a first edition as the only date listed is the
   copyright date.

Grosset & Dunlap Reprint Editions

Date of printing unknown. Date of printing unknown. Date of printing unknown. Date of printing unknown. Date of printing unknown. Spine from 1943 Madison Square wartime edition. 1943 Madison Square wartime edition.
Reproduction from "The Dust Jacket Store" 1943 Madison Square wartime edition dust jacket.
Original dust jacket, period unknown. Dust jacket from pictorial edition in the 1960's.

    From 1927 until 1973 Grosset & Dunlap reprinted this title in a number of variations with some of them
    shown above.  Mostly the colors of the books are some hue of red or brown. The dust jacket art has been
    changed by modifying the original illustration by Fred J. Arting from a night-time black silhouette Tarzan
    to a daytime full-color Tarzan. This modified artwork is used into the 1950's.  Grosset & Dunlap did not
    include the date of the printing so many a novice incorrectly assumes the book to be a first edition as the
    only date listed is the copyright date. The age of the book can often be approximated by examining the
    advertisements in the back of the book for other Edgar Rice Burroughs titles.

Last Auction Sale
8/1/2005
Average Time Between Sales
47.7 days
Total Books Sold
23
Last Updated:  1/1/2006
Low Price
Modal Price
Average Price
High Price
Average Condition
Total Sold
Book without Dust Jacket
$396
$958.5
$1158.86
$2955
VG
22
Book with Dust Jacket
$45000
$45000
$45000
$45000
NF, NF (DJ)
1
Note: Auction sales tracked for 3 years from 01/01/03 to 12/31/05. All three states of this first edition were tracked.