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CARSON OF VENUS by Edgar Rice Burroughs - Signed First Edition - 1939 - from Astro Trader Books (SKU: 1000-655)


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by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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[EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS]. CARSON OF VENUS. WWII U.S. NAVY MILITARY ASSOCIATION COPY. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Tarzana, California, 1939. First Edition, First printing. Book Condition: Very Good+. Appears barely read, in original publisher's blue pebbled cloth lettered stamped in red, top edge red, maps to endpapers, rubbing to edges, scattered soiling, light scuffs to faded cloth board covers else pages are clean, bright and binding tight. Print run: 3,500, scarce thus. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Not price clipped with the original $2.00 on upper inner flap, faint crease to inner flap, scarce original first state laminated dust jacket new old stock uncirculated printed in 1939 by ERB, Inc., in professional collector Brodart plastic sleeve. A magnificent copy with well preserved pristine original dust jacket and with WWII association. Hand signed and inscribed by Edgar Rice Burroughs on the front endpaper to Captain Robert Joseph Coontz Navy Commander (U.S.S. Wedderburn) the grandson of Admiral Robert Edward Coontz (U.S.S. Seattle). Admiral Coontz was only the second U.S. Navy Admiral Commander in Chief (1919-1923). Captain 'Bobby' J. Coontz was a collector of science fiction and fantasy books, this is a newly discovered book signed by ERB to Captain Coontz when he was a young boy during the early years of WWII. The U.S.S. Coontz destroyer, which served during the Vietnam War, was named after Admiral R.E. Coontz. Signed ERB first editions are scarce and this book remained virtually unknown to the public at the Coontz estate for over three-quarters of a century. Includes laid in signed typed letter (TLS) dated 1923 from Admiral Robert E. Coontz to Marion C. Deane, a well known autograph collector. Carson of Venus is considered the finest of Burroughs' Venus novels. Heins V3.1. First appearance in pulp fiction magazine Argosy Weekly in January, 1938. Cover art on jacket by John Coleman Burroughs with interior art illustrated with six interior drawings including frontispiece. Not a facsimile dust jacket, not a mechanical auto-pen signature, not ex-library and not remainder marked. As of this writing this is the only known ERB book of this title on the market signed to a high ranking maritime military family by the author. Scarce signed WWII Navy association copy from Edgar Rice Burroughs. 312 pgs. 8vo.


Carson of Venus is the third book in the Venus series (Sometimes called the "Carson Napier of Venus series") by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was serialized in Argosy in 1938 and published in book form a year later. The novel, which was written close to the outbreak of World War II, satirizes Nazi Germany by including a fascist political faction called the "Zani."


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Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Coleman Burroughs
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Tarzana, California
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Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Coleman Burroughs, Admiral Robert E. Coontz, Military Association Copy, pulp fiction, WWII, science fiction, Argosy Weekly
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Science Fiction; Pulp Fiction;

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