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Lad and the Lion - BURROUGHS Edgar Rice - 1938. 
1938 - BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. The Lad and the Lion. Tarzana, California: Edgar Rice Burroughs, (1938). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $1500.First edition of Burroughs' adventure about a shipwrecked boy and his friendship with a ferocious lion, basis for the 1917 silent feature film""one of the very few works to be adapted to the screen by Burroughs himself""this first edition in book form contains Burroughs' extensive revisions and additions, featuring a color dust jacket and four full-page black-and-white illustrations by Burroughs' son, John Coleman Burroughs. A fine copy.Burroughs first began working on the story of Lad and the Lion in February 1914. Serialized in All-Story Weekly (June-July 1917), this is the tale of a young European heir who is lost in Africa and "washes ashore, after years of cruel captivity, in the company of a friendly though ferocious lion". [A] palace conspiracy, an arranged marriage and a forbidden courtship" are only a few of the story's twists and turns (Taliafrerro,110). One of his first works to be adapted to the screen, in December 1914 Burroughs was approached by Selig Polyscope Company, which turned down Tarzan of the Apes in favor of Lad and the Lion. Burroughs' screenplay for Selig is one of the very few scripts he wrote of his own stories. Released in 1917, no copies have been found of the silent film Lad and the Lion, which was directed by successful Hollywood director Alfred E. Green. First edition, written in August 1937 by Burroughs, who rewrote "and added another 20,000 words to the original 1914 story, and it became his 50th published hardcover book" (Teuschner 235). With full color dust jacket and four full-page black-and-white illustrations by Burroughs' son, John Coleman Burroughs. Issued with either laminated or non-laminated (as here) dust jackets, no priority established. Currey, 89. Lupoff, 264. Owner inscription with trace of small plate removal.A fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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