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    All Story Oct 1912, First Appearance of Tarzan (Munsey, 1912). Ninety years ago, a cheaply-printed publication appeared unheralded on the newsstand and fired the imaginations of millions. This jaw-dropping, kick you in the gut, and knock you upside the head lot is for just that one pulp containing the very first appearance of Tarzan of the Apes. Star of countless movies, TV shows, and books, he is at once one of the most recognizable and most influential fictional characters ever created. His creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, had a career in the military followed by a series of failures in a variety of positions before he tried his hand at writing at the age of 35. Convinced that he could do no worse than the pulp fiction writers of his day, he surpassed all expectations with Tarzan, which he went on to feature in 26 novels. Clinton Pettee drew the cover image of Tarzan and the lion locked in deadly embrace, establishing the basic look of Tarzan that has endured ever since. This copy was much loved by its owners (can you blame them?) and it shows. Printed as cheaply as possible in 1912 on low quality paper made from untreated wood pulp, it is a miracle that any copies survive intact. Nearly all of those that do, like this one, have been restored. Our restoration consultant spotted the following work performed on the front cover: three tear seals to the right edge approximately 1/2" to 3/4" in length, two tear seals top edge, a piece has been added in the top left corner, blue color touches along the spine, two color spots on the right edge, green color touch along the spine, tape or glue removal to the left edge. The spine has been supported by rice paper. On the back cover three small fill pieces of rice paper have been added (.3/4"x1/8", 1/4"x18", and 1/4"x1/8") and three edges of the back cover have been supported by rice paper. The most impressive aspect of this copy, unlike many, is that the pages are still flexible enough for our restoration consultant to handle it easily without fear of damage. Earlier and rarer than the hardcover edition, which normally sells for between $40,000 to $50,000, this copy will go to the bidder bold enough to best all the other bidders in the jungle. It should be noted that the Moskowitz copy of this important pulp, a copy many feel to be inferior to this one, sold at Sotheby's several years ago for over $17,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2002
    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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