I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found these books at my favorite local used book store. Great John Carter books with some fantastic art by one of my favorite artist ever Frank Frazetta.

Today we have:

A Princess of Mars (HC) 1970

The Mastermind of Mars and

A Fighting Man of Mars (HC) 1974

Swords of Mars and

Synthetic Men of Mars (HC) 1975

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta







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My collection is complete!



A Princess of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912. 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 subgenre 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 Master Mind of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta

Ulysses Paxton an American goes to Mars where he meets Ras Thavas, the greatest physician upon the planet and becomes embroiled in his grisly and amazing experiments.


A Fighting Man of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta

A Fighting Man of Mars is the seventh book in the Mars series, originally published in six-parts in Blue Book Magazine, May to September 1930. It is an interesting and exciting novel filled with futuristic scientific inventions. There are five enemy cities or lands encountered in this tale with five wonderfully drawn villains: Xanator with the green men and white apes; Tjanath with Haj Osis and “The Death”; Ghasta with Ghron the “spider”; Jhama with Phor Tak the mad scientist; and U-Gor with the cannibals. It is a high adventure in the best tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Swords of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta

John Carter reprises his role of hero as he vows to bring an end to the Assassins Guild. He ventures in disguise to the city of Zodanga in a fierce attempt to overthrow Ur Jan, the leader of the Assassins. His adventures embroil him in the rivalry of two competing scientist-inventors, and eventually leads him to the nearer Martian moon in order to rescue his kidnapped wife, Dejah Thoris.


Synthetic Men of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cover art by Frank Frazetta

Like several previous novels in the Barsoom series, Synthetic Men introduces a completely new character as its protagonist: Vor Daj, a padwar (warrior) from Helium and a member of John Carter’s personal guard. Vor Daj narrates the action in the first person, so that when John Carter appears in the story, he is described in the third person (unlike other Barsoomian novels that feature Carter as the first-person narrator). The novel also brings back a familiar character, Ras Thavas, the amoral mad scientist from the earlier novel The Master Mind of Mars.





Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) 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 heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, and Pellucidar (the world inside our world). And his most enduring creation – the jungle hero Tarzan – is fit to stand with d’ArtagnanJeevesSherlock Holmes, and Superman as an archetype of the modern hero. Burroughs’ California ranch is now the center of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles.


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