A Princess of Mars was first published as Under the Moons of Mars in the All-Story (February – July 1912). The first hardcover edition was published by A.C. McClurg & Co., October 10, 1917. The dust jacket and five sepia plates were by Frank Schoonover.
The first published book by the creator of Tarzan of the Apes
Two years before Edgar Rice Burroughs became a worldwide celebrity with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and its twenty-two sequels, which together have sold more than 30 million copies, he published A Princess of Mars.
A futuristic sci-fi fantasy romance, A Princess of Mars tells the story of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who inexplicably finds himself held prisoner on the planet Mars by the Green Men of Thark. Together with Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, the unlikely pair must fight for their freedom and save the entire planet from destruction as the life-sustaining Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt.