ERB Firsts Title
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 and the Jewels of Opar
FIRST EDITION IDENTIFIERS:

This book was printed twice in 1918 by A.C. McClurg. Both are identical other than the lettering on the spine for "A.C. McClurg" is narrower. The width of "A.C. McCLURG" on the first state is approximately 15/16 of an inch (24mm), whereas it is approximately 1 1/8 inch (29mm) wide on the 2nd state. The print order was determined by finding a consistant printing plate defect which was evident on all later printings. *

In 1919 A.C. McClurg had two print-runs, both having 1919 on the title page. The first 1919 printing is identical to the 1918 second printing other than it has 3 blank pages (front & back) rather than the one blank page (front & back) which both the 1918 printings have (excluding the rear end-paper). The second 1919 printing is different in a couple ways, first, "A.C. McClurg" on the spine is one inch wide (25mm), and, secondly, it does not have any advertisements in the back. Also, it does not have any blank pages other than the rear end-paper.

The total for both the 1918 & 1919 printings is 50,000 copies making this one of the easier First Edition ERB books to find. There are 8 full-page coated illustrations by J. Allen St. John.

There also exists a "mixed edition", published in 1927, which has red boards and Grosset & Dunlap is on the spine of the book but A.C. McClurg is on the title page.

* ERB collector Jim Karr brought to my attention the difference in the width of "A.C. McClurg" and subsequent research on our part determined the print order. The printing plate defect is located on page 170, 2nd line from the bottom, in the word "it", which is missing the dot above the "i" and the "t" is marred above cross bar.

"1918" at bottom of Title Page
Collector Joe Lukes provided photo's of his books to show differences in book colors. My 1918 1st state shown below appears darker than Joe's copy.
Above is a reproduction of the first edition dust jacket purchased from the ERB Jacket Store. See ERB Links.

REPRINT EDITIONS

A.L. Burt Reprint Editions

Cover of the earliest Burt reprint from 1919 1920 Burt reprint - has a black border on cover 1920 Burt reprint - has a black border on cover Printed sometime between 1921 and 1928 Printed sometime between 1921 and 1928 Printed sometime between 1921 and 1928
Title page from A.L. Burt printing Dust Jacket front cover - A.L. Burt Reproduction of the 1st Burt edition from "The Dust Jacket Store".

   From 1919 until 1928 A.L. Burt reprinted this title in a number of variations as shown above. The lettering
   on the front cover and spine is in black. "A.L. Burt" is printed on the spine and title page.
 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 Pictorial board reprints from 1950 to 1958
Title page from G&D reprint Dust Jacket from G&D reprint Dust Jacket used on the pictorial board reprints from 1950 to 1958 Reproduction of the 1st G&D Dust Jacket reprint from "The Dust Jacket Store".

    From 1927 until 1967 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.   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 examing the
    advertisements in the back of the book for other Edgar Rice Burroughs titles.

Last Auction Sale
12/16/2005
Average Time Between Sales
9 days
Total Books Sold
122
Last Updated:  1/1/2006
Low Price
Modal Price
Average Price
High Price
Average Condition
Total Sold
Book without Dust Jacket
$2
$41
$49.02
$240
Good+
117
Book with Dust Jacket
$75
$430
$480
$826
VG, Good (DJ)
5
Note: Auction sales tracked for 3 years from 01/01/03 to 12/31/05. Both printings of this first edition were tracked.