THE CHESSMEN OF MARS. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1922. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-375 [376: blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations by J. Allen St. John, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. A presentation copy with gift inscription by Burroughs signed "Ed" to "Lucy & Bill" dated 25 December 1922 at Tarzana Ranch. Fifth book of the Mars series. 12,500 copies printed. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 308. Bleiler (1978), p. 35. Reginald 02278. Heins CM-1. A clean, bright, very good copy in good four-color pictorial dust jacket (reproducing painting by J. Allen St. John on front panel) with creases and closed tears along top and bottom edges mended by a professional paper conservator. An attractive copy of an uncommon book in jacket. In custom blue cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. (#155524).
"Published November, 1922" on copyright page.