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Miniature Fairy Castle
To Colleen Moore
with best wishes
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzana, 1937
To Colleene Moore with Sincere regards
John Coleman Burroughs (illustrator)
Colleen Moore's position as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood gave her the resources to produce a "Fairy Castle" of fantastic proportions. Beginning in 1926, Moore enlisted the help of many talented professionals to help her realize her vision. In 1937 she asked ERB for a few words from a Tarzan book and an autograph to add to her miniature Fairy Castle Collection at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. What was returned to her was an original fable featuring a princess and Tarzan, Jr. written by ERB and illustrated by ERB and John Coleman Burroughs. The unusual thing about this story is that it was printed, by hand, in a one-of-a-kind, one inch by one inch, miniature book.
The little princess was walking in the garden when a bad thought sneaked up behind her and whispered in her ear, "Go into the forbidden forest." "Hi - Lee! Hi - Lo! Oh, No! Oh, No!" yodeled
FACING PAGE ILLUSTRATION: BOY IN FOREST
ILLUSTRATION: FEMALE IN A GRASS SKIRT, WINKING
ILLUSTRATION: HALF-HUMAN, HALF-ANIMAL WITH PITCHFORK
So the little princess put a nutty hamburger in a shoe box for her lunch,
ILLUSTRATION: BOX, NUMBERED SIZE 3 WITH HAND PUTTING HAMBURGER INTO THE BOX
ILLUSTRATION: SIGN THAT SAYS "FORBIDDEN FOREST - KEEP OUT
The little princess had not gone far into the dark and gloomy wood when she met Histah the snake.
SNAKE HANGING FROM A TREE WITH A LITTLE GIRL LOOKING UP
ILLUSTRATION: FACE OF A SNAKE WITH WORD "HISTAH"
ILLUSTRATION: SNAKE, GIRL, AND HALF-MAN, HALF-ANIMAL WITH PITCHFORK
The little princess was about to eat the apple when Tantor the elephant
ILLUSTRATION: ELEPHANT WITH THE GIRL
ILLUSTRATION: ELEPHANT IN THE FOREST
ILLUSTRATION (B&W): ELEPHANT'S HEAD - ENTITLED: "TANTOR COMING
"Well, you never can tell when it might develop a homicidal mania," said Tantor. "Give it to me." So he took the nutty hamburger
ILLUSTRATION: SIGN POINTING: "NEXT PAGE"
ILLUSTRATION (B&W): ELEPHANT'S HIND QUARTERS ENTITLED: "TANTOR GOING"
The little princess was very hungry; so she went deeper into the dark, damp wood looking
ILLUSTRATION (B&W): FOREST WITH LITTLE GIRL
ILLUSTRATION: VIEW OF PRINCESS
ILLUSTRATION: TARZAN, JR. JUMPING FROM A TREE
ILLUSTRATION: BOY ATTACKING LION
ILLUSTRATION: TARZAN, JR. STANDING ON A BLEEDING LION WITH THE PRINCESS IN THE BACKGROUND
ILLUSTRATION: PRINCESS AND TARZAN JR. STANDING BACK-TO-BACK WITH BLOOD DRIPPING FROM HIS KNIFE
ILLUSTRATION: JUMP ROPE
ILLUSTRATION: TARZAN AND THE PRINCESS SKIPPING ROPE
ILLUSTRATION: "KEEP OUT" WITH A RED X OVER THE SIGN.
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