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The Strange History of Counter-Earth
Copyright 1966 by John Lange
Published by Ballantine Books, Inc., New York
Ballantine Books Fantasy Adventure 01830-075
Second American Printing - 1970 (January, 1970)
EAN 978-0-345-01830-4 | ISBN 0-345-01830-3
Format: Paperback | (eBook) | (Audio Book) | (Current)
US 0.75 | 219 pages | 11 x 18 cm
Coverart by Robert Foster
Hi-Res: Front Back Spine Copy Details
Scanned by: Jon Ard (Morgus) (20100520 17:55:04)
In January, 1970, two years after the First Printing in December, 1966; Ballantine published a Second Printing of Tarnsman of Gor, together with the Second Printings of Outlaw of Gor and Priest-Kings of Gor.
The copyright page states:
Copyright © 1966 John Lange First Printing: December, 1966 Second Printing: January, 1970 First Canadian Printing: January, 1968 Printed in the United States of America Cover Painting: Robert Foster BALLANTINE BOOKS, INC. 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
The top line of the front cover is slightly changed, and so is the spine. The back cover now hold a mirrored cut-out of the front cover artwork, the blue background is replaced by red, and two paragraphs of the back cover text have been replaced by three back-and-while cover thumbnails of Outlaw of Gor, Priest-Kings of Gor and Nomads of Gor.
The strange thing, however, is that these covers have never been used for an actual printing! It a little hard to see for the covers of Outlaw of Gor and Priest-Kings of Gor, but on the top of these covers there is a price (75 ct) on the left of the black "original" text, while in all the actual printings, the price is to the right and part of the black "original" text. With Nomads of Gor it is even more clear: besides having the price on the wrong side of the black "original" text, this cover doesn't seem to have a red background, but rather what might have been a blue background, and there is an additional frame around the cover artwork, which never appeared in any of the actual printings.
The front cover artwork by Robert Foster was first used in 1966 for the First Printing of the Ballantine Edition of Tarnsman 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).
VOLUME 1 - TARNSMAN OF GOR
Here is the magnificent world of Gor, known also as Counter-Earth, 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 top writers of sword and sorcery. This is the beginning. Don't miss it.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN THIS OUTSTANDING SERIES:
Vol. II OUTLAW OF GOR
Vol. III PRIEST-KINGS OF GOR
Vol. IV NOMADS OF GOR
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