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The Strange History of Counter-Earth
Copyright 1966 by John Lange
Published by Ballantine Books, Inc., New York
Ballantine Fantasy Adventure U6071
First American Printing - 1966 (December, 1966)
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Format: Paperback | (eBook) | (Audio Book) | (Current)
US 0.75 | 219 pages | 11 x 18 cm
Coverart by Robert Foster
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Scanned by: Jon Ard (Morgus) (20100519 20:15:52)
This is when the myth is born, and where the legend starts. Volume One of the Strange History of Counter-Earth, entitled Tarnsman of Gor, was published by Ballantine Books, Inc., New York, in December 1966.
The copyright page states:
© 1966 John Lange First Edition: December, 1966 Printed in the United States of America BALLANTINE BOOKS, INC., 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
The original First American Printing of the Ballantine Edition of Tarnsman of Gor, shown on this page, can be identified by the red ORIGINAL text in the top-right corner of the front cover; the text "This is an orininal novel - not a reprint" which appears on page ii and again in the top-left corner of the back cover; and the text "Printed in U.S.A." on page iv and again in the top-right corner of the back cover.
There also exists a First Canadian Printing of the Ballantine Edition of Tarnsman of Gor, published 13 month later, in January, 1968, which has a blue ORIGINAL text in the top-right corner of the front cover and the text "Printed in Canada" on page iv and again in the top-right corner of the back cover. The contents of this book is exactly the same as the First American Printing.
The front cover artwork was created by Robert Foster, but his name was only referenced in the second and later printings. There are no references to other volumes in the Gor series, the back cover only contains references to other books by Robert Silverberg, Larry Niven and J.R.R. Tolkien. Neither the First American Printing nor the First Canadian Printing contain an ISBN.
Note that in June 1976, with the publication on the Tenth Printing of Tarnsman of Gor, Ballantine made a mistake by changing the copyright year to 1967. They also claimed the First Edition was published in December, 1967. This error was not corrected in later printings, so all the printing from the Tenth Printing to the Twenty-third Printing contain the wrong copyright year and wrong publication date for the First Printing.
The Second Printing of Tarnsman of Gor was published in January, 1970, together with the Second Printings of Outlaw of Gor and Priest-Kings of Gor.
This is the original version of the story of Tarnsman of Gor. In September 2000, in an open letter to Gor fans, entitled "How The Internet Can Change Lives!", John Norman anncounced that electronic publishing had given him the opportunity to revise, enlarge and improve the books, some more than others. As to Tarnsman of Gor, the changes were minimal, and only a few minor typos were corrected. This new enhanced version was first published in paperback format in January, 2001, by New World Publishers (here). However, due to the digital scanning process some new typos were introducted in this enhanced edition. So in June, 2007, E-Reads, Ltd., New York released a newly edited and corrected version of the story (here). The most current version of story of Tarnsman of Gor is the Second Printing of the E-Reads Edition published in March, 2013 (here).
BALLANTINE BOOKS is proud to publish, for the very first time, the original account of the adventures of Tarl Cabot, sometime minor lecturer of Earth, destined to become a fiery fighting Tarnsman on the planet Gor, known also as Counter-Earth.
TARNSMAN OF GOR is a first novel - the first of a series. JOHN NORMAN, its young author, is a doctor of philosophic logic who has read little fantasy but has found that he likes to write in the GENRE because, as with many others, if frees him to explore new ideas, to relax in a world of his own creating, a world of action and high adventure, a world of courage and cruelty, of passion and alien custom.
This is the magnificent world of Gor, a planet as strangely populated, as threatening, as beautiful as any you are likely to encounter in the great works of fiction. We predict that the name of John Norman will one day be known among the best. This is the beginning. Don't miss it.
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