Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.17

vintage-sf-badgeNo.17: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Originally serialised in 1912 the novel was published in 1917 and was ‘considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp’.  Some interesting covers I think (you’ll certainly be able to find a theme running through these I think):

Here’s the first edition :

First edition

Not really feeling the following but here goes:

1964 Four Square

1964 Four Square

1963 Ballantine

1963 Ballantine

What were the Ninja Turtles doing on Mars:

1970 Nelson doubleday

1970 Nelson Doubleday

Oh my giddy aunt – apparently the Princess of Mars was made of pink blancmange:

2002 Deodand

2002 Deodand Publishing

Does this next one put anybody in mind of Wonder Woman:

2007 Penguin

2007 Penguin

2011 Sterling.jpg

2011 Sterling




7 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.17”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I read the 2007 edition! I thought the comic book style art was pretty cool 🙂

  2. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read this but quite enjoyed the film. I think its interesting how in the earlier covers our hero looks rather Ancient Roman or Greek while the later ones have gone more for the Conan look lol. While I have no idea what to say about the 2002 cover…what on earth is that about?!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – that 2002 cover – I had to add it in here! Yes, there is a theme here although the earlier cover is a little more, ahem, covered!
      I thought the film was good.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Oh my! This is indeed a trip into Memory Lane!
    I read this as a teenager (long ago, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth – LOL) and I remember it fondly…
    There’s one constant in these covers though, despite the different concepts: the princess is always quite scantily clad! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      haha – I read some of these books – pre dinosaur, at least I think! I enjoyed this book, obviously you have to read it in context – and yes, the covers definitely seem to have a central theme!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Greg

    Nice gallery. The 1970 one looks like Frazetta, who I normally like but didn’t think he was a great match for John Carter, for some reason. My absolute favorite cover version is this one – it’s possible I read the book because of this cover!

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