Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Princess of Mars art: Etchings by Joel Rothberg

Will Schofield of the book blog A Journey Round My Skull has posted some cool, dark relief etchings by artist Joel Rothberg that are featured in a 1965 limited edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic Sci-Fi novel A Princess of Mars (1912/1917). According to Schofield, the images are "Printed from hand-etched zinc plates in an edition of 500 numbered and signed copies as one of the publications of the Pratt Adlib Press [New York] under the direction of Fritz Eichenberg." A cataloging record on Worldcat indicates that this edition is only 16 pages and is comprised of the etchings plus “excerpts” from A Princess of Mars.

Thanks to Annalee Newitz of io9 for the link. If you have time, check out her post on the Rothberg artwork, which puts Burroughs’ novel into an imperialistic framework.

All very cool, as I've never heard of Joel Rothberg or this limited edition of A Princess of Mars!

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