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Beautiful, beautiful books that give me a rush of the old magic. Thank you, so much. Joe Lansdale, Author
Savage Pellucidar arrived today. They are simply stunning editions of both the ERB Inc and Grosset and Dunlap Books. Profusely illustrated, the illustrations stand out and feature some artwork (Especially Yanagi, Eggleton and Grindberg) that I had never seen before! The quality of the books themselves and their slipcases is magnificent. Speaking as a life-long fan of ERB, they are beautiful additions to my library. Well done. I can't wait for the next volume(s). Bill H., Editor
From the wrap around dust jacket by Bob Eggleton on the Grosset & Dunlap edition and the Tom Grindberg dust jacket on the ERB Inc. edition, are followed with a profusion of incredible color art by Frank Frazetta, J. Allen St. John and Joe Jusko. The black and white line art found through out the books is clear and crisp. The gold-embossed slipcase, map endpapers, die-cut bookmark, signed limitation page the Limited Edition Medallion showcase the quality and care that went into this project. These beautiful books are designed by collectors for collectors. Mike Conran, Vice-Chairman Burroughs Bibliophiles Board of Directors, Editor, Edgar Rice Burroughs News Dateline
1st off, I love all of your editions. I've collected limited editions of many, many publishers in the specialty venue. They could all take a class form you. You consistently put out a premium product. The latest are no exception. Great attention to detail and quality as well as a production standard second to none. I've been in the book business since 1975 and your volumes are the ones I really look forward to. Your die cut book marks are also perfect. I'm sure they are no easy feat in production. The addition of the coins is a great add-on and I have to say they are produced beautifully. Once again, attention to detail. I will be a buyer for as long as you see fit to put out these little gems. . . . . Cloth bound, full head bands, foil stamping, spectacular slip cases, eye popping end sheets, all the things you are doing now. I've grown up with books and it's great to see that there are others that hold my love for not just the material, but the physical item as well. You might also think of a limited art portfolio for each new volume. JP......
Savage Pellucidar Special Edition Is a Treasure
October 7, 2018 Michael SellersArt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, ERBDOM
It’s been a brutal week. All week, as the brutal week has been unfolding, I’ve been eyeing an unopened box sitting on a coffee table waiting for my attention. The box contained my newly arrived special limited edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic compendium of inner Earth adventure, Savage Pellucidar. I reached for it a couple of times during maelstrom of the week, but thought better of it and instead waited for the shelter of a quiet, unplugged Sunday morning. I’m glad I did. This is indeed something special, and I’ve spent my Sunday morning lost in another world that haven’t visited in awhile. Now, coming up for air after having spent a morning in Pellucidar, I feel renewed. I can soldier on. Thanks ERB. And Jim Gerlach and the rest of the committed team that put this together. You guys rock.
That Old ERB MagicI’m going to get to the wonders of this edition in a minute — but I want to share my starting point for today’s exploration of Pellucidar, and that starting point was the bewitching thunder of the dust jacket copy, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself:
While this could hardly be called “A collection of flowers of literature,” it might still be called a sort of anthology — an anthology of adventure. It is a tale not alone of the adventures of the girl, O-aa; but of those which befell Hodon the Fleet One and Dian the Beautiful and Abner Perry and David Innes and the little old man from Cape Cod, whose name was not Dolly Dorcas, and many others.
It will take you to strange lands across the nameless strait in the Stone Age world at the Earth’s core, and to adventures upon the terrible seas of Pellucidar. It will take you fromt he terrors with which you have been for years accustomed–the the terrors of a world gone mad with hate — to the cleaner, finer terrors of prehistoric hunting beasts and savage, primeval men.
Burroughs wrote those words during the madness of World War II, but I’ll be honest….that invitation to escape “the terrors of a world gone mad with hate –to the cleaner, finer terrors of prehistoric hunting beast” had a very fine relevance to me on this Sunday morning, and I took the invitation, and plunged into the stories. And they delivered, as promised. There are four stories — The Return to Pellucidar; Men of the Bronze Age, Tiger Girl, and Savage Pellucidar. They deliver old friends and new — Innes, Perry, Dian, and Ah Gilak, O-aa, and Hodon. There is the Land of the Awful Shadow, Amoz, Thurians and Sarians, tarags and thipdars. There is love and honor, romance and valor. Suffice it to say — Burroughs’ self-deprecation aside (“not a collection of flowers of literature”) — this is a grand collection of high adventure and imaginative storytelling. I was lost in a savage land for a delicious morning of wonder and I loved it.
A Magical Edition Worthy of the Master of Adventure
Now for the physical book itself. I’m mostly digital these days, so it’s a special luxury to hold a book, feel it in my hands, and turn the pages the way I imagine he original readers of these tories during the dark days of World War II turned the pages of Amazing Stories in 1942 when the stories first appeared; or the pages of the splendid 1963 Canaveral edition crafted by great Richard Lupoff (who supplies a wonderful forward to this edition), or the May 1964 Ace paperback edition, which I where I first discovered it at the Stars and Stripes Newsstand at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany where I was a fifth grader.
This edition is a thing of genuine beauty, worthy of the content by the Master of Adventure, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Savage Pellucidar is for the first time published by ERB Inc. and G&D with different dust jackets, bindings (red & blue), and front and end matter and a new Foreword by Richard Lupoff. It also contains beautifully reproduced artwork by an illustration dream team that begins with J. Allen St. John (my fav), and includes Larry Ivie, Frank Frazetta, Bob Eagleton, Thomas Grindberg, Joe Jusko, and Shuji Yanagi. There’s a custom slipcase, high quality 80# Finch paper in a vellum finish, there are spectacular Map of Pellucidar endpapers, a cool bookmark, and for those who ponder such things — high quality sewn bindings. Bob Garcia was responsible for text and illustration layout; Phil Normand created the dust jacket, coin and bookmark layout, and colorizations of several plates in the book; and Javier Cabarga created the dust jacket titling. It’s a limited edition, 248 sets, signed by Dick Lupoff, Phil Burger, Bob Eggleton, and Thomas Grindberg.
A final thought. Because this is such a special physical thing, it will outlast me by a long shot, and will live on, on the bookshelves of my children and grandchildren, and that is not only good for them — it’s good for me, and my peace of mind as I move into what I guess has to be considered the fourth quarter of my game. This is something that should be treasured, and handed down from father to son or daughter, and that’s what I plan to do with it. After I read it now, and again in a few years, and again in a few years after that.
I have recently received a complimentary copy of SAVAGE PELLUCIDAR by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This new 2018 publication, the first one under the Burroughs imprint, is truly a remarkable production. With a binding being made to appear as previous Burroughs first editions from 1931 to 1948, this volume packs a wallop with its dynamite illustrations, 15 of which are in full color with many being marvelous triple page fold outs by such luminaries as J. Allen St. John, Frank Frazetta and Bob Eggleton along with 24 black and white illustrations as well. If this were not enough, this volume contains full color map end-papers and supports 2 different full color pictorial dust-wrappers by different artists. Capped off with signatures of author and artists contributors and a publication run of just 300 copies, this book seems to have all the attributes a collector would desire. David Aronovitz, Bookseller
I totally love my four editions of SP! I didn't notice the matching numbers (26) on the rim of the coin till you pointed it out. Very cool. The coins are a great idea. Since I'm a bit of a coin collector, I especially appreciate their excellent design, size, etc. Great extra! I have to admit I have only looked at my numbered of ERB,Inc./G&D editions. That's because I can't as yet get myself to cut my lettered editions out of their shrink wraps!! In fact, those two books are still in shrink wrapping inside the comic book bags they were enclosed in. They are bibliophilic treasures that I don't want to expose to handling and the light of day. Of course, I will get around to doing it eventually, as I have with my LT copies. Specifically, I love both versions of the dustjacket art and the spine/title lettering choices are beautiful. Interior art is all wonderful, and to see St. John's original illos so nicely colorized is a real treat. I think St. John would give a proud nod of approval. All the newly commissioned art as well as existing art, color and b&w, as well as the deep blue color slip cases combine to make these books, in this special series (in my opinion) the finest editions of ERB novels ever produced. Frank P.
Received the next two volumes. I don’t know how you make any profit, everything is so over-the-top beautiful! You have confirmed to me why it is so cool and so enjoyable to collect books. Looking forward to “John Carter”, and whatever else you come up with. Thank you, sir. Terry W.
I received the lettered Savage Pellucidar books a few days ago. I wanted to tell you that they are a joy to behold! I love these editions. Thank you! Also, the medallion/coin was an unexpected welcome surprise. It is a sweet keepsake to go with my ERB books and it was a great idea! I especially liked my 'personalized' medallion with my book letter 'R' engraved on the edge of the coin. VERY NICE!
Hope to see you again at Windy City Pulp Con. Thanks again for the lovely books and goodies and look forward to more editions! Jim B.