Tanar of Pellucidar Edgar Rice Burroughs, (First Edition) (Original Dust Jacket)

New York: Metropolitan, 1929. Frontispiece and Original Dust Jacket illustrated by Paul F. Berdanier. Original blue publisher’s cloth, black lettering. 312 pages. Third book of the Pellucidar series.
“From David Innes and Abner Perry build a giant mechanical prospector with which they hope to uncover vast mineral deposits far beneath the surface. On the “Iron Mole’s” first trip, however, they discover that their vehicle can’t be steered. Death seems certain, for doesn’t everyone know that the center of the Earth is a molten mass of white-hot magma? Instead what Innes and Perry discover is that the earth’s crust is only 500 miles thick and that the inner surface is inhabited. This is the land of PELLUCIDAR, a place where dinosaurs roam through the jungles, and where saber-toothed tigers hunt the mastodon and mammoth. The struggle of David Innes and Abner Perry to free humanity from the Mahar tyranny is only the beginning of their adventures in Pellucidar. There are a total of seven books in this exciting series, in which Edgar Rice Burroughs takes you on journeys across savage seas infested with plesiosaurs and other hungry creatures, to mountains where pterodactyls roost, and to lands where every waking moment is a struggle to survive. Even Tarzan visits Pellucidar, taking a ride on a dirigible through “Symmes Hole” at the North Pole.” — from the Edgar Rice Burroughs site


Lest Darkness Fall Emsh Original Cover Art Painting

This is a framed original artwork, with the addition of the mock-up, for L. Sprague de Camp’s iconic work:
‘Lest Darkness Fall’. Interestingly, the dustjacket work for the first edition is far less compelling than this, the dynamic scene that Emsh has created for the 1963 Pyramid softcover.

Emsh, or properly Ed Emshwiller, was an creator of American science fiction and fantasy artwork as well as experimenter filmmaker.

Educated in Paris and New York, his iconic style is vibrant,dynamic, detailed and decidedly varied in technique and painterly style. His talent afforded a wide range and breadth of outcomes for the imaginative stories within. An early Hugo Award winner, Emsh was the third artist to be inducted in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His papers are held at the California Institute of Arts.