4 of the 5 books in Egdar Rice Burrough's Martian Series, Easton Press Collector's Edition, bound in genuine leather and accented with 22kt gold. (Missing book 2, The Gods of Mars.) Moire silk endpapers with a matching silk ribbon placeholder bound in. Generally in very good condition except as noted below.
A Princess of Mars (Book 1)
Front moire silk endpaper has faint outline where a former owner's bookplate was removed. A few spots of rubbing on bottom of front cover exposing the board below.
A Princess of Mars (1917) is a science fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a sub-genre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Barsoom series inspired a number of well-known 20th century science fiction writers, including Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and John Norman. The series was also inspirational for many scientists in the fields of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life, including Carl Sagan, who read A Princess of Mars when he was a child.
The Warlord of Mars (Book 3): On front silk endpaper there is a faint outline where a prior owner's bookplate was likely placed and removed. Rubbing to bottom right corner of front cover that exposes the board below.
John Carter pursues his kidnapped wife, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris, across the perilous red planet in this thrilling sequel to The Gods of Mars.
When Dejah Thoris is finally freed from the Temple of the Sun, new perils await her at the hands of her liberators. Along with Princess Thuvia of Ptarth, Dejah is immediately taken prisoner by the nefarious Matai Shang and his daughter Phaidor. Though John Carter is close on their trail, they escape from the south pole of Mars by heading into uncharted regions.
As he pursues them to the equatorial Land of Koal and onward to the dangerous realms of the north pole, Carter battles fearsome monsters and discovers a forgotten race of yellow Martians. Before his adventure is over, his many feats of bravery and skill will have earned him the title Warlord of Barsoom.
Thuvia Maid of Mars (Book 4): Faint outline on front silk endpaper where a former owner's nameplate was removed.
Mars has become divided by love. Not one, but two princes and a Jeddak are vying for the love of Thuvia of Ptarth. When she is mysteriously kidnapped, treachery threatens to throw Barsoom into bloody war. Now Cathoris must follow in the footsteps of his father, John Carter, and overcome phantom armies, dangerous spies and savage beasts as he attempts to save his true love and reunite Mars.
The Chessman of Mars (Book 5): On front silk endpaper there is a faint outline of a bookplate that was removed.
The Chessmen of Mars is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the fifth of his famous Barsoom series. Burroughs began writing it in January, 1921, and the finished story was first published in Argosy All-Story Weekly as a six-part serial in the issues for February 18 and 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 1922. It was later published as a complete novel by A. C. McClurg in November 1922. In this novel Burroughs focuses on a younger member of the family established by John Carter and Dejah Thoris, protagonists of the first three books in the series. The heroine this time is their daughter Tara, princess of Helium, whose hand is sought by the gallant Gahan, Jed (prince) of Gathol. Both Helium and Gathol are prominent Barsoomian city states.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American fiction writer best known for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan, the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, and the fictional landmass within Earth known as Pellucidar.