ERB Firsts Title
1 An Auto-biography 2 The Mucker 3 The Girl from Hollywood 4 The Land that Time Forgot
5 The Cave Girl 6 The Bandit of Hell's Bend 7 The Eternal Lover 8 The Moon Maid
9 The Mad King 10 The Outlaw of Torn 11 The War Chief 12 The Monster Men
13 Jungle Girl 14 Apache Devil 15 The Oakdale Affair/The Rider 16 The Lad and the Lion
17 Tarzan Clans of America 18 The Scientists Revolt 19 Deputy Sheriff of Commanche Cnty 20 Beyond Thirty / Man-Eater
21 I am a Barbarian 22 Pirate Blood 23 Minidoka 24 Marcia of the Doorstep
25 You Lucky Girl! 26 The Efficiency Expert 27 Forgotten Tales of Love & Murder 28 The Girl from Farris's

The Girl from Hollywood
FIRST EDITION IDENTIFIERS:

This particular title was printed 8 times with minor changes by Macaulay from 1923 to 1925. All the editions are bound in RED cloth although the textures differ. The first 5 printings have green lettering on the cover and spine whereas the last 3 printings have black lettering on the cover and spine. The first two printings were bound in cloth which has a horizontal line texture on the cloth (see photo below).

The only difference between the 1st and 2nd printing is the caption under the frontispiece illustration which reads in part as -- "Only a camera man and myself are here," he said --. One printing includes "he said" and the other omits it. However there is not a firm consensus as to which of these two printings is the true first edition as the following will explain.

In identifying which state was printed first, both Zeuchner and Heins' (updated 2001 bibliography) rely on William Ross' (noted ERB collector) comparitive study which identifies the various states by evidence of printing plate wear. However for the first two states there is not any printing plate wear noted, so the only other remaining difference is that the dust jackets are alledgedly different.

The first state dust jacket has a black box on the spine with "The Macaulay Company, New York" inset into it, whereas all the other states omit the black box and include a coat of arms with an "M" in it and a bird atop of the shield and the words "Carpe Diem" in a banner below the shield. Now the problem in identifying the true first state lies in the fact that the first state dust jacket has since been verified to be included on both printings.

The primary example of this was an ebay offering of unsold books from a store that had them in storage since the 1920's. In this lot of unsold books were 3 first edition copies of "The Monster Men", two copies of "The Outlaw of Torn", and one copy of "The Girl from Hollywood (click here to see ebay page)" which had a 1st state dust jacket but lacked the words "he said" on the copyright page. Since these books were stored away having never been sold it is clear that this printing also had a first state dust jacket.

More descriptive information of the latter printings are found below the cover photo.

Photo below is of the first state of the first edition book.

The fourth and fifth printing have a pebbled or bubbled texture as shown on the book to the right.
The 3rd printing is bound in smooth fine grain red cloth instead and the lettering on page 9 shows some deterioration due to worn printing plates. The cloth on the 4th printing has a bubbled or pebbled texture. Unlike the 2nd & 3rd printing the caption includes the words "he said". As expected, there is deterioration of varius letters on page 9. The fifth printing is like the fourth except the words "he said" are excluded, and, there is also deterioration on the copyright page in addition to page 9.
The sixth, seventh, and
eighth printings all have
black lettering and were
printed in 1925.
The sixth and seventh printings also lack the words "he said" on the frontispiece, and, the eighth printing does not even include a frontispiece. These last three printings all have black lettering on the spine and cover. Otherwise the seventh & eighth printings are the same as the sixth's but shows additional type deterioration on page 195.

The dust jackets also differ somewhat between printings. The first dust jacket has "The Macaulay Company" printed in white letters inside a square black box. The box has the corner tips cut-off to form an octagon type box. Later dust jackets just have "Macaulay" printed at the bottom. There are additional differiations between the later dust jacket issues that are not described here.


Last Auction Sale
12/14/2005
Average Time Between Sales
17.7 days
Total Books Sold
62
Last Updated:  1/1/2006
Low Price
Modal Price
Average Price
High Price
Average Condition
Total Sold
Book without Dust Jacket
$9
$44
$64.03
$350
VG
58
Book with Dust Jacket
$750
$1137.5
$1143.75
$1550
NF, VG+ (DJ)
4
NOTES: Auction sales tracking began on Jan. 1st, 2003. Tracking all printings with "Green" lettering on the cover.