“THIS WAS THE LAIR OF THE GREAT LIZARD”: FIRST EDITION OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ FIGHTING MAN OF MARS
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. A Fighting Man of Mars. New York: Metropolitan, (1931). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition, first issue, of Burroughs’ seventh novel in the “exotic and dangerous” Martian world of his Barsoom series, where Hadron of Hastor battles menacing green warriors and ships armed with death rays, with scarce original Metropolitan dust jacket displaying the bright blue wraparound art of Hugh Hutton.
With Fighting Man of Mars, Burroughs returns to his popular Barsoom series set on Mars, this time centered on the heroic adventures of Hadron of Hastor amidst fleets of battle ships armed with death rays. Burroughs’ imaginative handling of “exotic and dangerous” settings and characters is fully realized here. “The standard of storyteling and invention is high in the Barsoom books” (Clute & Nicholls, 177). First issue with Metropolitan on title page and spines of book and dust jacket. Serialized in Blue Book Magazine (April-September 1930). With bright blue wraparound dust jacket art and black-and-white frontispiece by Hugh Hutton. Currey, 88. Porges II:57. Zeuschner 146. See Zeuschner 145.
Book fine, bright dust jacket with light wear to extremities. A near-fine copy.