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    James Allen St. John (American, 1872-1957)
    The Chessmen of Mars, book dust jacket, 1922
    Oil on board
    34-3/4 x 24-1/2 inches (88.3 x 62.2 cm) (sight)
    Signed lower center

    From the Gary Munson Collection

    Previously from the Glynn and Suzanne Crain Collection.

    This illustration was published as the first edition hardcover dust jacket for The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (A.C. McClurg & Co., 1922). The relationship between St. John and the writings of Burroughs cemented the illustrator as an important figure in the development of fantasy illustration. Starting with chapter headers for Tarzan Returns, St. John would continue to work with publisher A.C. McClurg & Co to illustrate further Burroughs stories and dust jackets as seen above. The dynamic composition, heroic figures, and convincing anatomy pictured within The Chessmen of Mars are all hallmarks of a St. John piece. These conventions as defined by St.John would later be codified in the work of subsequent greats such as Frank Frazetta, and even Edgar Rice Burroughs' son, John Coleman Burroughs. Such images are captivating, leaving an indelible mark on what we understand to be fantasy illustration.

    Condition Report*: Framed under acrylic. An approx. 5 inch barely noticeable faint vertical crack in board at left bottom edge with a few tiny specks of loss. Under UV exam, there does not appear to be inpaint.
    Framed Dimensions 48 X 36 Inches
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    October, 2021
    4th Monday
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