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A Guide To Barsoom
A-Guide-To-Barsoom
Author John Flint Roy
Illustrator Neal MacDonald
Publication date October 1976
Published by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0-345-24722-1-175
"I think everyone in the art department went out and we found every copy that was out there, and we used it as our bible."
Andrew Stanton [[src]]

A Guide To Barsoom is an official guide to the world of Mars built by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It contains among other things:

  1. information on Barsoom in general.
  1. Descriptions of all characters, animals, plants and locations appearing in the original novels by Burroughs
  1. A brief history of Barsoom
  2. Information on Barsooms measurements of time and distance.


There are very few innacuracies, and the books has become treasured amongst Burroughs enthusiasts. Andrew Stanton, when making the film John Carter, apparently acquired a number of copies to use as sources when writing! The book was printed in two covers, one featuring original artwork from Boris Vallejo, and another using recycled cover art for Michael Whelan's cover for John Carter of Mars. While print copies can be hard to find, the book has been released as a fully illustrated ebook from ReAnimus Press, with a cover by Neal MacDonald (the artist who did the interior illustrations).

One notable fact is that the authors do not acknowledge John Carter and the Giant of Mars as a true Barsoom novel because of questionable authorship and quality. As such, the book does not contain any information about characters and locations appearing in this story.

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