King Solomon's Mines

HAGGARD, H. Rider

King Solomon's Mines - ,

Cassell, 1885.

First edition. First state with all textual misprints and adverts dated 5G.8.85. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and black design to the covers. Fold out frontispiece as called for. A very good copy which is bright and clean. Binding cocked with minor wear to the base of the spine. Internally clean with hinges cracking and a repaired tear to the fold out frontispiece.

Rare. Due to the relative obscurity of the author, Cassell issued only 1000 copies in September 1885. The novel was fantastically received by the public, with four reprints before Christmas and 12,000 copies sold in the first year. Although supposedly inspired by the success of Treasure Island, King Solomon's Mines is a flight of fancy that is quintessentially Victorian in outlook, yet goes beyond the scope of its immediate predecessor in establishing itself as a prototype for the modern adventure novel.

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