This 18″x24″ book poster contains text up to the end of Chapter 22 of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Here, Tarzan swings through the vines of his jungle home.
Published in 1912, Tarzan of the Apes follows John Clayton, a man who is orphaned as a child in West Africa and adopted by a kindly ape, Kala. Now known as Tarzan, he grows up aware of the physical differences between him and his ape tribe, but he does not learn of his real identity until he discovers his birth parents’ cabin and teaches himself to read. As Tarzan grows in strength and fierceness, he both frightens the humans around him and threatens the status quo among the apes. His life reaches its turning point, though, when he meets and saves Jane. Tarzan of the Apes was incredibly popular during its day for its portrayal of the colonial “exotic” and its ruminations on the nature of man, civilization, and love. With several film and comic adaptations, Tarzan has continued to be a cultural staple, especially in childhood.