RiderAn Annotated Bibliography of
H. Rider Haggard's Fantasies in 1st Editions,
Alphabetically Arranged

by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

   

This bibliography of H. Rider Haggard's fantasy works represents a great amount of research, both in first-hand acquaintance with many of the books, & in attempting to resolve contradictions discovered while cross referencing sundry bibliographical works on Haggard by Scott, Whatmore, McKay, Bleiler, Reginald & a few others. A lot of tiny bits of information have had to be knitted together here, & errors of fact or omission or typographical problems have likely crept in. I will fine tune the Haggard bibliography over time, so I'll be glad of reports of needed correction or additions. I hope especially to add more information on Canadian first editions as these books come to hand.

This is a guide for collectors specifically of Haggard's fantasies, primarily for anyone attempting to identify editions that qualify as "first" or "first thus" of his genre fiction. The bibliography in no way supplants the more sweeping, important bibliographical work done by others, & most especially by J. E. Scott & D. E. Whatmore, although this page does include much information not in Scott or Whatmore.

   

Allan & the Holy Flower. Same as The Holy Flower, which see.


Allan & the Ice-Gods, A Tale of Beginnings.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 20 May 1927. 6,000 copies were printed.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 20 May 1927. Neither the UK nor US edition has priority as they were issued on the same day.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1927. To insure copyright protection on the continent books had to be issued on the European mainland, & Tauchnitz in Germany specialized in providing these copyright editions, which were also successfully distributed to readers of English language material in sundry European nations.
Direct sequel to The Ancient Allan. Allan relives a previous incarnation, this time as a prehistoric cave man in the era when the Ice Age was beginning. Rudyard Kipling assisted with the plot. This was Haggard's last-published tale about Allan Quatermain. Rudyard Kipling had some small hand in developing the plot.


Allan Quatermain.

  1. NY: Norman L. Munro "Munro's Library," 31 May 1887. Pirated edition predates even the UK first edition.
  2. NY: George Munro "Seaside Library Pocket Edition," 29 June 1887. Another pirated printing predating the authorized editions on both sides of the Atlantic. Numerous other pirates appeared shortly after the legal editions.
  3. Ln: Longmans, Green, June 1887. This is the 1st UK & 1st authorized edition. There were a scant 112 copies issued in large format; 20,000 copies overall. The 1st edition second printing had 5001 additional copies were printed in August, & first edition third printing had 5002 in October -- followed by serveral New & Cheap editions in 1888 that retained the illustrations. There are 20 illustrations by C. H. M. Kerr engraved by J.Cooper plus 11 other drawings & two charts.
  4. NY: Harper, 1 July 1887.
  5. Toronto: Rose Publishing, 1887.
  6. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1887. Copyright edition.
  7. Ln: Macdonald, 19 March 1949. First thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  8. Ln: Collins, 1955. Newly illustrated by Will Nicklerss, introduced by Roger Lancelyn Green.
  9. Ln: Arrow, 1986 wraps. This is the dreariest "first thus" edition, a lamentable movie tie-in condensed & rewritten by Sarah Litvinoff as Allan Quatermain & the Lost City of Gold to be read under no circumstances.
  10. Oxford/NY: Oxford University Press, 1995. 1st thus with new introduction by Dennis Butts.
  11. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, October 1978. Facsimile retains Charles Kerr illustrations, new cover by C. Lee Healy, & a new Introduction by George Edgar Slusser.
Haggard's first sequel to King Solomon's Mines constitutes an exquisite Lost Race tale of profound importance to the development of fantasy literature as a distinct genre. His working title had been The Frowning City but was changed by the time the manuscript was finished. It was initially serialized in Longmans Magazine January through August 1887, & pre-press copies of these installments were what reached the hands of US pirate publishers.


Allan the Hunter, A Tale of Three Lions.

  1. Boston: Lothrop [1890, 1898]. The 1898 Lothrop is a variant text, & has appended to it a non-Haggard tale, "Prince: Another Lion" falsely ascribed to Haggard, & a beautiful pictorial binding depicting a lion rushing Allan, or with another binding with a lion observing hunter Allan in a thicket. This book's bibliographic details are blurry, having had several printings off identical plates without indication of reissue, though trim size & binding cloth vary, not all later printings carried illustrations, & its earliest printings have the illustrations on slicker paper. The true 1st, however, was Lothrop, 1890, so rare as to practically not exist.
  2. NY: J. W. Lovell, Lovell's Library," 1898, with title shortened to Allan the Hunter. This was Lovell's second pirate edition, as they had already done it as A Tale of Three Lions.
There were additionally at least five pirated paperback editions, all published in 1887 as A Tale of Three Lions (which see) issued by Ivers, by Lovell, by Ogilvie, & by Munro.


Allan's Wife.

  1. NY: F. F. Lovell's Household Library, 7 October 1889, pictorial wraps. A pirate edition of just the one story, beating out the legal US first Allan's Wife & Other Tales by two weeks but lacking the other three stories. The copyright situation that made it impossible at this time to stop infringements meant there was quite a large underground market in the US for anyone who could get proof galleys across the Atlantic to New York or Boston swiftly enough. Usually the texts were swiped from earlier magazine appearances but as Allan's Wife had no publication before it became the title story in the collection that appeared two weeks later in England, the temptation to sell galley proofs must just have been too much for staffers in typesetting or publication offices.
  2. NY: George Monroe's Seaside Library #1248, 1887 wraps. This vies with the Lovell as the 1st edition but probably weighs in second.
  3. Ln: Newes Sixpenny Library, 1918. Apparently the first authorized separate issue.
Other early editions pirated in the US do not qualify even as first separate publication, pirated or otherwise. These early unauthorized editions either barely made it in time for the Christmas rush of sales, or were slightly tardy. They appeared from M. J. Ivers, from F. F. Lovell, from George Munro, from J. S. Ogilvie, & from Rand McNally. Reginald errs in thinking the Munro pirate was issued in 1887; it did not precede either the Lovell pirate or the authorized Allan's Wife & Other Tales which see immediately below.


Allan's Wife & Other Tales.

  1. Ln: Spencer Blackett, December 1889. There were 100 copies issued in a more elaborate format. There are 3 illustration plates by Charles Kerr & 5 plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen, plus in-text vignettes adding up to 34 illustrations in all.
  2. NY: Harper, 1889. With the same illustrations.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1890. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Longmans Silver Library, Feburary 1895. 5,000 copies printed.
  5. Ln: McDonald, 17 January 1951. First thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  6. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, October 1980. Trade wraps, facsmile edition retaining the Kerr & Greifenhagen illustrations. Cover illustration by Tony Gleeson, & a new Introduction by Douglas Menville.
Title story is fantastic adventure & ghost story that had not had prior publication. There are three additional stories:

"Hunter Quatermain's Story" was first published in a charity anthology entitled In a Good Cause (1885) issued shortly after King Solomon's Mines. It is thus the second published Quatermain story, though the comparative immaturity of style begs one to suppose it was written first.

"A Tale of Three Lions" first appeared serially in Atalanta Magazine October through December 1887; it was often pirated under two titles, as A Tale of Three Lions & as Allan the Hunter, so see these separate entries.

"Long Odds" first appeared in Macmillan's Magazine February 1886 & was revised before collected. It, too had a pirate edition in the US as The Spring of a Lion (NY: F. Tennyson Neely, 1899).


The Ancient Allan.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 12 February 1920. 12,500 copies printed. 8 full-page illustrations by Albert Morrow
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 25 March 1920, with color frontispiece by Enos B. Comstock.
Direct sequel to The Ivory Child. Allan experiences one of his earlier incarnations in Babylon & Egypt. Albert Morrowdid 18 illustrations for story's serial appearance in Cassells Magazine, March through October 1919, from among which the 8 illustrations in the Cassell were selected.


Ayesha, The Return of She.

  1. Ln: Ward Lock, 6 October 1905, with 32 full-page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen. 25,000 copies were printed.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 6 October 1905 with 8 illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, of which 7 were among the 32 in the English edition.
  3. Toronto: William Briggs, 1905. Canadian 1st.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1905. Copyright edition.
  5. Ln: Macdonald, 26 October 1956. First thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  6. Ln: Collins, 1957. 1st thus illustrated by Will Nickless.
  7. NY: Lancer, 1967. This Lancer paperback was retitled The Return of She: Ayesha (1967), the gods know why, making it a trivial 1st thus with that title.
  8. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, October 1977. Cover illustration by Tony Yamada. Introduction by George Edgar Slusser.
The immortal She still lives in this lost race classic, sequel to She. There had been in all 52 illustrations by Greiffenhagen in the serial version that appeared in Windsor Magazine, December 1904 through October 1905) of which the first UK edition selected 32, & the US selected a scant 8.

She's biography unfolds across four books: She, Ayesha, She & Allan, & Wisdom's Daughter.


Beatrice

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 12 May 1890. 10,000 copies printed, then another 10,00 in April of the first edition second impression.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1890, 4th impression. This qualifies as "1st thus" for adding a frontispiece by Maurice Greiffenhagen.
  3. NY:George Munro, "Munro's Seaside Library," 12 May 1890, though the day date which appears on the front cover is not necessarily the truth, probably being copied from the Longmans, Green edition. The pirated edition from Ivers appeared a mite too late to compete for US first-thus status.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1890. Copyright edition.
  5. Toronto: Bryce, 1890. Canadian 1st.
  6. Ln: Longmans Green, 1895. 1st Thus for adding a specially written preface by Rider of unusual interest, plus the text is revised in several places. Since the revisions were to subdue what Rider came to believe were passages that could be mistaken as anti-marriage, the revisions should probably be regarded as bowlderizing rather than improvements, though that's a hard call to make.
Very marginal fantastic content. Originally serialized in various newspapers on sundry dates.


Belshazzar.

  1. Ln: Stanley Paul, 25 September 1930. 2,500 copies printed.
  2. NY: Doubleday Doran, 31 October 1930.
  3. Toronto: Ryerson, 1930.
Haggard's last novel, finished in 1924, published posthumously. A fantasy of ancient Babylon.


Benita, An African Romance. In the US as The Spirit of Bombatse.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 7 September 1906. 15,000 copies printed. 16 full page illustrations by Gordon Browne.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 7 September 1906, with the title The Spirit of Bambatse, A Romance . 8 illustrations by Gordon Brown, 4 of which are not among the larger number of illustrations used in the English edition issued as Benita, which see alphabetically
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1907. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 9 September 1965. First thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  5. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, October 1979, trade wraps. Facsimile including the Gordon Browne illustrations, cover art by Mary Sherman, & a new Introduction by Alvin F. Germeshausen.
Gordon Browne had done 36 illustrations for this novel's serialization in Cassell's Magazine, December 1905 through May 1906). The first book editoin included 16 in the UK. The US title, which was the title Haggard's preferred, was The Spirit of Bambatse (which see alphabetically). It carried only 8 Gordon Brown plates though four of them do not overlap the 16 chosen by Cassell.

The novel is wildly fantastic with ghost, possession, lost race, lost treasure, mesmerism -- among the best of his lesser-known fantasy adventures. The tale has some slight anti-Semitic qualities in listing among sinister Jacob Meyer's distasteful characteristics mere Jewishness; yet Rider might be forgiven since his Moon of Israel is a beautifully written Jewish legend that found its way into a popular Yiddish edition, & Haggard was pro-Zionist advocating a Jewish homeland in Palestine as early as 1915, so his "slip" of insenstivity stems more from a common thread found everywhere in England in his day. I think it can more be said that Haggard was a Teutonophobe & is much more likely to insult Germans in his stories than he is Jews or Africans or the like.


The Best Short Stories of H. Rider Haggard.

  1. Ln: Michael Joseph, 1981.
Edited with an introduction by Peter Haining & a forward by Hammond Innes. The contents of Smith & the Pharaohs (q.v.), the novella The Mahatma & the Hare (q.v.), plus a few other stories but nothing else that is fantastic. The collection is padded out with some of Rider's nonfiction.


Black Heart & White Heart & Other Stories.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 20 May 1900. 10,000 copies were printed.
The title story has 7 illustration plates by Charles Kerr (one of the plates appearing twice, as frontispiece & repeated on page 34). The tale originally appeared The African Review January 1896 with the Kerr illustrations. The other stories in the collection are:

"The Wizard," with 19 illustrations by Charles Kerr. This was also available as a separate publication (see alphabetically for further details).

And sandwiched in the middle was "Elissa" with 8 illustrations by F. H. Townsend, out of 33 he did for the serial appearance in The Long Bow, February 2 through June 8, 1898.

The US edition was retitled Elissa, the Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart & White Heart, a Zulu Idyll (which see). That edition left out "The Wizard,"


Black Heart & White Heart; &, Elissa.

  1. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1900. Copyright edition.
Two tales. Same as Elissa, the Doom of Zimbabwe; Black Heart & White Heart, a Zulu Idyll, which see.


Black Heart & White Heart; &, The Wizard. Same as The Wizard &, Black Heart & White Heart, which see.


The Brethren.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 30 September 1904. 15,000 copies. Not illustrated.
  2. NY: McClure Phillips, 2 October 1904. With 16 illustratiosn by H. R. Millar.
  3. Toronto: Briggs, 1904. Canadian 1st. Monochrome frontispiece by an unnamed artist & other monochrome plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1904. Copyright edition.
  5. Ln: Macdonald, 10 July 1952. First thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
The 16 illustrations by Millar in the US edition were selected from the 66 illustratiosn that had been done for the serialized version in Cassell's Magazine December 1903 through November 1904. None of the illustrations were included in the UK edition at Haggard's request, as he apparently disliked them though he said only that he thought they would detract from a story of which he was particularly proud.

A medieval supernatural romance of Saladin & the Crusades, one of Haggard's best yarns even though not as widely known appreciated as his African fantasies.


Cetywaya & His White Neighbor; or, Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand

  1. Ln: Trubner, 22 June 1882. Very rare, with only 750 copies of the first printing issued. It was his first book, issued at Rider's father's expense.
  2. Ln: Trubner, 1888. This second edition was slightly revised, with new introduction, & subtitle ammendation: Cetywaya & His White Neighbor; or, Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, & the Transvaal. 1,000 copies were printed. There were another 500 printed November 1889, followed by a fourth edition with 500 copies (July 1891) which qualifies as a "first thus" for adding a new Introduction.
  3. Ln: Kegal Paul, Trench, Trubner, 20 October 1899. Abridged with minor additions & retitled The Last Boar War.
Non fiction, but of interest because related to his Zulu cycle. The book version(s) were based on articles that appeared in Gentleman's Magazine July & September 1877.


Child of Storm.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 23 January 1913. Three full page illustrations, including frontis in color, by A. C. Michael. The dustwrapper has the same art as the frontispiece. 13,500 copies, another 20,000 in September 1914.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 6 February 1913. Same illustrations.
  3. Ln: Tauchnitz, 1913.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 1 December 1952. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
Allan Quatermain fantasy, middle portion of the trilogy that began with Marie & concluded with Finished.


Cleopatra, Being an Account of the Fall & Vengeance of Harmachis.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 24 June 1889. 25,000 copies, with 57 copies issued in large format. 18 plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen & 11 plates by R. Caton Woodville.
  2. NY: Rand McNally, Globe Library #101, 26 May 1889.
  3. NY: George Munro, Seaside Library #315, 18 June 1889, wraps.
  4. NY: Harper, 1889. The is the 1st authorized US edition, though beat out by two pirated editions.
  5. Leipzig: Taunchnitz, 1889. Copyright edition.
  6. Toronto: Bryce, 1890. Canadian 1st.
  7. Ln: Macdonald, 4 July 1958. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  8. Classics Illustrated #161. NY: Gilberton, 1961. Comic book adaptation.
Historical romance with heroic fantasy attributes. Originally serialized in The Illustrated London News January through June 1889, with 29 illustrations of R. Caton Woodville & 33 illustrations signed "E.W.," perhaps Edward Whymper.


Dawn.

  1. Ln: Hurst & Blackett, 10 April 1884. The UK first was a triple-decker with a mere 500 copies printed.
  2. Ln: J. & R. Maxwell, February 1887. First one-volume edition.
  3. NY: Harpers, 1887. The first US edition was Harpers, 1887, one among the 140 volumes in a "library edition" set issued from 1887-1891.
  4. NY: J. W. Lovell, Lovell's Library #941, 1887. Though most investigators make the Harpers the US 1st, Whatmore was of the opinion that the Lovell just might be the US 1st.
  5. Ln: Spencer Blackett, 1888. First Thus for adding a color frontispiece by E. Hume.
  6. Ln: Spencer Blackett, 1890. UK First Thus for adding an author preface & 16 illustrations by Laslett J. Pott.
  7. NY: Harper, 1890. US First Thus for adding an author preface & 16 illustrations by Laslett J. Pott.
  8. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1892. Copyright edition.
  9. NY: Longmans Green, 1894. 1st thus, new illustrated edition with 16 drawings by D. Murray Smith. Rider also added a Dedication previously lacking.
This was Haggard's first novel (his second book), a melodrama with slight supernaturalism & much gothic content.


Elissa; or, The Doom of Zimbabwe.

  1. Ln: Hodder & Stoughton Seven Penny Library, 1917. First separate book publication?
See under Black Heart & White Heart & Other Stories for related details.


Elissa, The Doom of Zimbabwe. Black Heart & White Heart: A Zulu Idyl.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 15 June 1900.
See under Black Heart & White Heart & Other Stories.


Eric Brighteyes.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 13 May 1890. 10,000 copies printed. 17 illustration plates plus 34 in-text woodcut illustrations, all by Lancelot Speed.
  2. NY: John W. Lovell International Series, May 1891.
  3. NY: Harper Franklin Square Library, 1891.
  4. Toronto: Bryce, 1891. Canadian 1st.
  5. Leipzig: Heinemanna & Balestier, 1891. Copyright edition.
  6. Ln: Macdonald, 19 March 1949. Retaining the Lancelot Speed illustrations adding only a color dustwrapper.
  7. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, March 1974. Facsimile including the Lancelot Speed illustrations, & a new Introduction by Douglas Menville. No new cover art.
Four pirate editions appeared in the US a month after the legal US 1st. A change that same month in international copyright law meant that this was the last of Haggard's books the pirate publishers could publish at will.

Nordic heroic fantasy also serialized in The People in 1891. The inspiration for the book -- his trip to Iceland in 1888 -- was a journey he wrote about in The London Illustrated News August 1888.

A sequel to Eric Brighteyes was commissioned by Roy Torgeson at Zebra Books & was published as A Witch's Welcome by Sigfriour Skaldaspillar (NY: Zebra, 1979) issued shortly after a Zebra edition of Haggard's original (retaining Lancelot Speed's illustrations). As the the Haggard novel was marketed with the cover slogan "Beginning the Saga" & the sequel carried the secondary title "Eric Brighteyes #2," an ongoing series to ride the coat-tails of the then-popular Conan novels (which Zebra also published) seems to have been intended, but either the sales didn't encourage continuing the series, Roy Torgeson's notorious drug addiction got some of his decisions reversed, or the stupid pseudonym scared away possible readers. The actual author was Mildred Downey Broxon.


Fair Margaret. In the UK as Margaret.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 9 September 1907. 15,000 copies. 15 illustration plates by J. R. Skelton.
  2. NY: Longmans Green, 11 October 1907. US 1st edition issued one month after the UK as Margaret. 16 illustration plates by J. R. Skelton, one more than in the London edition.
  3. Toronto: Musson, 1907. Canadian 1st, with 15 the Skelton illustrations.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1907. Copyright edition.
Swashbuckling romance of old Spain, but not fantastic. Originally searlized in The Lady's Realm November 1906 through October 1907, with the Skelton illustrations.


Finished.

  1. NY: Paget Literary Agency, 1916. Reginald lists this pre-publication edition in paperback; it was probably issued in highly limited number for copyright purposes & not actually distributed.
  2. Ln: Ward Lock, 10 August 1917. UK 1st. 15,000 copies. Monochrome frontispiece by A. C. Michael.
  3. NY: Longmans, Green, 28 August 1917. US 1st, the Paget being discounted. Frontispiece by A. C. Micahael.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 23 November 1962. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
Third of the trilogy that includes Marie & Child of Storm giving Allan Quatermain's account of the ultimate revenge of the weird wizard Zikali against the royal Zulu, & the fall of the Zulu nation. This saga is rich in Rider's first-hand knowledge of the people & of the individual characters in the book. The Zulu beauty Mameena runs through all these books as well as in The Ivory Child, & she is second only to Ayesha in extraordinary greatness.


The Ghost Kings. In the US as The Lady of the Heavens.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 25 September 1908. Eight illustrations by A. C. Michael.
  2. NY: Lovell, 15 May 1909, US 1st retitled The Lady of the Heavens.
  3. NY: Authors & Newsapers Association, 1908. This paperback edition predates the US & UK first editions but was issued only for copyright protection purposes, & probably never had more than a half-dozen copies printed, not for distribution. It hardly counts as an edition, though if anyone stumbled upon a copy at this late date, it would be a Sotheby's item surely.
African fantasy adventure: Lost Race, occult powers, tree magic, divine maiden. Plotted with Kipling's assistance. It was first serialized in Pearson's Magazine October 1907 through June 1908.


Heart of the World.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, May 1895, decorative binding. 13 illustration plates by Amy Sawyer grace the UK edition, two less than in the UK edition that was not published until the following year.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 27 March 1896. 15 illustration plates by Amy Sawyer. 10,000 copies printed.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1896 two-volumes. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 18 June 1954. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  5. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, September, 1976. Cover by Tony Yamada.
Lost race fantasy. Mayan golden city under a lake. Serialized in Pearson's Weekly Augut 1894 through January 1895.


Heu-Heu, or The Monster.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 29 January 1924. 10,000 copies.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 4 April 1924.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1924. Copyright edition.
African fantasy adventure, set before King Solomon's Mines. More of Allan's fantastic adventures, & a lost race. Heu-Heu is a gorilla-monster who receives human sacrifices, the original of Robert E. Howard's similar creations. It was originally serialized in Hutchinson's Magazine January through March 1924.


The Holy Flower. In the US as Allan & the Holy Flower.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 25 March 1915. This US 1st edition is retitled Allan & the Holy Flower. It precedes UK edition of The Holy Flower by six days. The US edition has 12 full page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, not so well reproduced as in the UK 1st, which has four extra Greifenhagen plates.
  2. Ln: Ward Lock, 31 March 1915. 14,000 copies were printed. Sixteen illustration plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen. There was a dustwrapper depicting two white women with flowers along with a native. This UK first edition appeared six days later than the American first edition issued as Allan & the Holy Flower.
  3. Ln: Macdonald, 12 November 1954. With the title Allan & the Holy Flower. 1st thus with illustrations by Hookway Cowles.
Allan Quatermain seeks out a fabulous gigantic orchid presided over by a White Goddess guarded by a monstrous ape. Originally serialized in The Windsor Magazine 13 December 1914 through 14 November 1915 with the same illustrations as in the UK first edition.


The Ivory Child.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 6 January 1916. Four illustrations by A. C. Michael.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, purportedly 1 April 1916, though the 2nd impression indicates the previous impression had been February rather than April. Same four illustrations by A. C. Michael.
  3. Ln: Macdonald, 22 October 1958. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
Sequel to The Holy Flower. Further fantastic adventures of Allan Quatermain in Africa; magic, madness, incarnations, clairvoyance, lost race, drug use, weird elephant god, etc. It was originally serialized in numerous newspapers beginning January 1915.


Jess.

  1. Ln: Smith Elder, March 1887. 2,000 copies.
  2. NY: George Munro's Library, 12 March 1887, wraps. Pirated, first US publication. This was very frequently pirated. Pirates not in the running for first edition appeared quite early from F. F. Lovell, J. W. Lovell, George Munro's Seaside Library Pocket Edition, J. S. Ogilvie, Rand McNally & others.
  3. NY: Harper Franklin Square Library, 1887. 1st authorized US edition.
  4. Ln: Smith Elder, 1896. A revised edition, which was also the first illustrated, having 12 plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen).
  5. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1887. Copyright edition.
Not fantastic, but of interest because related to his African fantasies, & like She, there are scenes which take place deep within caves, & if nothing else intimations (in the end) of lovers reunited in the afterlife. It was first serialized in The Cornill Magazine May 1886 through April 1887.


King Solomon's Mines.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 30 Sept 1885. 2000 copies were printed, 1000 bound immediately (with Catalog 5G.8.85 at back), while the next 500 were bound in October described by Scott as a second state (having an October catalog in the back), & the final 500 were sent unbound to the US (listed separately immediately below). To identify these first editioin sheets you can see on p10, line 14, the word "Bamamgwato," while on p307 "wrod" for "word" is in the footnote.
  2. NY: Cassell, November 1885. 500 copies printed in England for export to America, not bound until they reached NY in November. This & the copies distributed in Englnad have a color fold-out map in the front, & bright red cloth.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1886. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Cassell, 1887 (37th thousand) is a "first" of sorts: Previous editions include a famous contextual error in Chapter XI, when Rider describes a full eclipse of the sun occurring at the time of the full moon; in 1887 this was finally corrected to a full eclpse of the moon.
  5. Ln: Cassell, November 1887 ("53rd thousandth"). First illustrated edition with 9 illustrations by Wal Paget.
  6. Ln: Cassell, November 1905. This edition was revised plus it supplanted the Wal Paget-illustrated edition with another artist. This time there were 32 illustrations by W. Russell Flint. A very desireable edition for the artwork & as "first definitive text."
  7. Ln: Cassell, September 1912. Another "first thus" has 8 illustrations by A. C. Michael, but only 4 of the Michael illustrations survived in the 1915 reissue.
  8. NY: Dell, 1950 wraps. One of the least "first thus" editions is an unnecessarily rewritten movie tie-in version by Jean Francis Webb. The tinkering renders it more interesting to Mapback collectors than Haggard fans. It was for the Stewart Granger film version. Dell also provided a rewritten version of She as a Mapback edition.
  9. Ln: Ward, Lock, 1951. King Solomon's Mine: The Book of the Film is a movie tie-in booklet with 8 color plates & 80 illustrations & text from the MGM film.
  10. Ln: Collins, 1955. 1st thus with illustrations by Will Nickless & new Introduction by Roger Lancelyn Green.
  11. Ln: Harrap Sword-in-Hand Library, 1955. Retold at novelette length by Haydn Perry.
  12. Ln: Macdonald, 28 September 1956. 1st thus with illustrations by Hookway Cowles.
  13. Ln: Chatto & Windus, 1956. Abridged, yet 1st thus with illustrations by Fielden Hughes.
  14. NY: Globe, 1956. Omnibus of King Solomon's Mine & Allan Quatermain redacted for high schoolers by Louise Kershner & illustrated with film stills.
  15. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1958. 1st thus with illustrations by Paul Hogarth.
  16. Ln/Glasgow: Blackie, 1961. 1st thus with illustrations by Charles Keeping.
  17. Ln: Longman's Abridged Books, 1961. Simplified text is ruined, but with an introduction by G. M. Gore Little.
  18. NY: Collier, 1962. New illustrations by Alan E. Cober.
  19. Ln: J. M. Dent, 1963 & NY: Dutton, 1963. 1st thus with illustrations by A. R. Whitear.
  20. Barre, MA: Imprint Society, 1970. 1,950 copies with new introduction by Richard H. Sanger, illustrated by David Gentleman.
  21. Hong Kong: Oxford Progressive English Readers Series, 1976. Abridged, but with interesting new illustrations .
  22. Ln: Pan, 1977 wraps. Retold by Alan Robertshaw with new illustrations by Tom Barling.
  23. NY: Random House, 1982. Retold as a novelette by Betty Millsaps Jones for juvenile readers, with new illustrations by Gino D'Achille.
  24. Loughborough, Leicestershire: Ladybird Books, 1982. Retold by Joan Cameron as a short story for children, illustrated by Frank Humphris.
  25. Ln: Target, 1985 wraps. Movie tie-in edition for the Richard Chamberlain fiasco. Puffin Books & Tor Books also issued movie tie-in editions at this time, none with unique content other than the covers. Target also issued a movie tie-in paperback in 1986 for Allan Quatermain likewise starring Richard Chamberlain & even crappier than the first film.
  26. Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press, 1989. 1st thus with new introduction by Dennis Butts.
  27. Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest Association, 1994. New Afterword by Robert E. Mosberger. Retains the old Walter Paget illustrations.
  28. NY: Puffin Classics, 1996 wraps. Newly illustrated by Alan Langford. Puffin had also done a paper edition of the 1958 Panguin edition illustrated by Paul Hogarth, plus Puffin did a movie tie-in edition for the 1985 Richard Chamberlain film. The Langford-illustrated edition supplanted these.
This great adventure novel has never been o.p. since its first appearance. It skyrocketed Rider to a deserved fame. He admitted to writing the book most hastily, but we must surmise at a fevered pitch of creativity.


The Lady of Blossholme.

  1. Ln: Hodder & Stoughton, 15 December 1909. With 5 full page illustrations in color by Walter Paget, & full color pictorial binding (same as one of the interior plates). 15,000 copies printed, 775 were for export to Canada, listed separately below:
  2. Toronto: Henry Frowde, August 1909. Prepared in London, there were only 750 copies, & they were readied for shipment in August so would qualify as the True First predating the December London copies (though how long in transit who can say). However, the Canadian edition lacks the color plates by Paget, alas.
  3. Ln: Hodder & Stoughton, January 1909. 100 copies bound in plain wrappers predate the first edition by several months. They were proof copies not for general distribution. In April 1909 a mere twelve additoinal copies were prepared with corrections. Though not officially "editions" this adds up to enough pre-edition copies that they might still be encountered & should be instantly recognized as advance copies of some worth.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1909. Copyright edition.
  5. NY: Authors & Newspapers Association, 1908. A rarity issued for copyright protection.
An historical with fantastic content, not issued in the US. It was serialized in The British Weekly June through November 1909.


The Lady of the Heavens. US title for The Ghost Kings, which see.


Love Eternal.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 4 April 1918. Frontispiece by A. C. Michaels. 12,500 copies.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 1 June 1918. Not illustrated.
  3. Toronto: Longmans, 1918.
Spiritualism; reincarnation; occult powers.


Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 9 April 1901. Beat out the UK 1st by two days. Lovely art nouveau binding with poppies. 26 illustrations by G. P. Jacomb Hood.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 11 April 1901. 26 illustrations by G. P. Jacomb Hood. 10,000 copies.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1901. Copyright edition.
  4. Toronto: Copp Clark Longmans, 1901. An example of several "Canadian firsts" that were printed in London as the "Colonial Edition" which were "intended for circulation only in India and the British Colonies." Some were bound, some shipped sewn in wraps, some of these latter being bound at point of destination. Binding states are not always predictable so identifying Colonial Edition firsts is a bit hit & miss; by & large they were printed immediately after the London first editions but would nevertheless qualify as first editions in the countries they were sold, especially when, as with Copp Clark, they have their own imprint. Whatmore's Haggard bibliography identifies precisely when Colonial Editions of most titles were printed up & shipped, but does not identify either the nations or the imprints where these may have become the given Commonwealth nation's first edition.
Very marginal supernaturalism, it would probabably be a better known book if Rider's original title, The Secret Sword of Silence, had been kept. Initially serialized in The Graphic September 1900 through March 1901.


The Mahatma & the Hare: A Dream Story.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 16 October 1911. 5,000 copies. Illustrated by W. T. Horton (six full pagers) & H. M. Brock (another six).
  2. NY: Henry Holt, 16 October 1911. Same artworks. Neither the UK nor US firsts have priority being issued the same day.
  3. NY: Doubleday Page, 27 January 1912. Same artworks.
Rider had been an avid hunter until an encounter with the ghost of a beloved hound convinced him animals had souls & their lives were as sacred as those of humanity. This wonderful fantasy novelette was the result of his conversion; he never hunted again.


Maiwa's Revenge: A Novel.

  1. NY: Harper, 23 July 1888.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 3 August 1888. 30,000 copies., two binding states, grey boards & finer black boards, issued simultaneously). The UK editions have a different subtitle, Maiwa's Revenge; or, The War of the Little Hand.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1888. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln/NY: Longmans Green, 1891. 1st illustrated edition, with 8 full pagers by C. H. M. Kerr. There are two key binding states of the 10,000 copies printed: half in red cloth, half in pictorial paper covers.
  5. Ln: Longmans Green, 1923. A new illustrated edition.
  6. Ln: Mcdonald, 3 June 1965. 1st thus with illustrations by Hookway Cowles.
Adventure fantasy. Maiwa is a woman on the road to revenge, & it's a doozy when she gets it. Originally a two-part tale in Harpers Monthly Magazine July & August 1888, with ten illustrations by Thulstrup.


Maiwa's Revenge, & Elissa.

  1. Ln: Newnes, 1908?


Margaret. See under Fair Margaret.


Marie.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 25 January 1912. Four full page illustrations by A. C. Michael.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 18 March 1912. Issued in the US with a long subtitle, Marie: An Episode in the Life of the Late Allan Quatermain. Four full page illustrations by A. C. Michael.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1912. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Mcdonald, 25 September 1959. 1st thus with illustrations by Hookway Cowles.
African fantasy adventure; story of the sacrifice of Allan Quatermain's first great love. Originally serialized in Cassell's Magazine September 1911 through February 1912.


Mary of Marion Isle. In the US as Marion Isle.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 4 January 1929. 8,000 copies.
  2. NY: Doubleday Doran, 17 May 1929, issued as Marion Isle.
Posthumous novel of subarctic adventure, with marginal supernaturalism.


The Missionary & the Witch-Doctor.

  1. NY: Paget Literary Agency, 1920; the 1st was a 64p paperback issued only for copyright purposes & probably only one-dozen copies ever existed.
Reprinted in collections as "Little Flower" notably in Smith & the Pharaohs & Other Tales (1920). Magic, visions, clairvoyance, serpent control.


Montezuma's Daughter.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 13 November 1893. 24 full page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen. 10,000 copies printed.
  2. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1893. Copyright edition.
  3. NY: Longmans, Green, November 1894. US 1st. McKay gave this edition priority over the London issue, but it seems actually to have been issued a year later. 25 full page illustrations & a vignette.
  4. Ln: Longmans Silver Library, 1895. This was the first printing to delete the note on immuring of nuns which began on page 71 of the 1st edition -- a minor bowlderization.
  5. Ln: Macdonald, 10 December 1948. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
Fantasy of Aztec America. Initially serialized in The Graphic July through November 1893, with illustrations by Seybore Lucas & J. R. Weguelin.


Moon of Israel: A Tale of the Exodus.

  1. Ln: Murray, 31 October 1918. 10,000 copies printed.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 14 November 1918.
  3. Ln: Murray, 16 January 1925 film tie-in reissue can be regarded "first thus" as a photoplay edition.
Biblical fantasy originally serialized in The Cornhill Magazine January through October 1918.


Morning Star.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 11 March 1910. 13,500 copies. Three illustrations by A. C. Michael, two in color.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 27 May 1910. Same illustrations.
  3. Lipzeig: Tauchnitz, 1910. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Longmans, 1939. Issued as Moring Star, A Story of Egypt. Abridged for grammar school readers, but with new illustrations by H. L. Shindler.
Supernatural romance of ancient Egypt. Occult elements include functioning astrology, weird fate, doll magic, sorcerer versus sorcerer, spirit travel, incarnate god, & tons of other weird content. Originally serialized in The Christian World News of the Week October 1909 through March 1910.


Mr. Meeson's Will.

  1. NY: Harper, 23 June 1888.
  2. NY: J. W. Lovell's Library #1100, 1888. This edition appeared in the US before there was book publication in England.
  3. NY: George Munro Seaside Library #1110, 1888. This edition appeared in the US before there was book publication in England.
  4. NY: Rand McNally Globe Library #71. This edition appeared in the US before there was book publication in England.
  5. Ln: Spencer Blackett, October 1888. Very handsomely made with fancy binding & sixteen illustrations by A. Forestier & G. Montbard, including two plates in color. The 15th Thousand edition (1894) while not as attractive adds two more illustrations by Forestier & Montbard, for the full complement that had originally been in the Illustrated News appearance.
  6. Ln: Griffith, Farran, 1888. Resembles the Spencer Blackett edition.
  7. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1888. Copyright edition.
This is not a fantasy, but is Rider's only title included in Hubin's criminous bibliography. It's magazine appearance just about qualifies for the actual first edition, as the novel takes up the whole of the"Summer Number" of London Illustrated News issued about 23 June 1888, including some few passages ommitted from book publication, & illustrated by A. Forestier & G. Montbard


Nada the Lily.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 30 April 1892. 23 splendid illustrations in sepia by Charles Kerr, printed black & white in later printings. This US edition unlike the UK does not use one of the plates as a frontispiece but disperses all through the text.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 9 May 1892. 10,000 copies. 23 splendid illustrations in sepia by Charles Kerr, printed black & white in later printings.
  3. Leipzig: Heinemann & Balestier English Library, 1892.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 14 June 1949. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  5. Ln: Collins, 1957. 1st thus illustrated by Will Nickless & a new introduction by Edward Boyd.
  6. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, April 1979. Trade wraps. Cover art by George Barr & a new introduction by George Edgar Slusser.
Serialized in The London Illustrated News 2 January 1892 through 7 May 1892, illustrated by R. Caton Woodville. Fantasy adventure in Africa: visions, prophesies, supernatural wolf-pack, appearance of a Goddess; Rider's best novel after She, genuinely tragic. Prequel to the "Zulu Cycle," followed by Maria, Child of Storm & Finished. It is simultaneously something of a prequel to the Allan Quatermain adventures, since Nada has for its main chracter the same axe-weilding Umslopogaas who was later to become Allan's Zula comrade in adventure.


Pearl-Maiden: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 2 March 1903. 16 illustration pages by Byam Shaw. This UK 1st despite having been issued eleven days sooner was in fact printed from the US 1st edition plates. 10,000 copies printed.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 13 March 1903, with 26 Byam Shaw illustrations, outdoing the London edition.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1903. Copyright edition.
The Byam Shaw illustrations first appeared with the serial publication in The Graphic 5 July through 27 December 1902. A fantasy adventure set at the time of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.


The People of the Mist.

  1. Ln: Longmans, Green, 15 October 1894.16 illustration pages by Arthur Layard. 10,000 copies, with another 10,000 copies in September.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, November 1894. 16 illustration pages by Arthur Layard.
  3. Leipzig: Taunchnitz, 1894. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1894? Illustrated by Cyrus Cuneo.
  5. Ln: Macdonald, 14 April 1951. 1st thus illustrated by Jack Matthew.
Lost race & monstrous god. Initially serialized in Tit-Bits Weekly December 1893 through August 1894.


Queen of the Dawn.: A Love Tale of Old Egypt.

  1. NY: Doubleday Page, 17 March 1925.
  2. Ln: Hutchinson, 21 April [1925]. 10,000 copies.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1925. Copyright edition.
Historical fantasy of Egypt & Babylon.


Queen Sheba's Ring.

  1. NY: Doubleday Page, 8 September 1910 two days ahead of the UK 1st. Color frontis & four black & white illustrations by Sigurd Schou.
  2. Ln: Eveleigh Nash, 10 September 1910. Tssued color frontispiece by Cyrus Cuneo. 10,000 copies.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1910. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Macdonald, 29 October 1953. 1st thus illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam.
One of the scarcer titles, featuring a lost race descended from ancient Abyssinian Jews. Originally serialized in Nash's Magazine April through Novembe 1909.


Red Eve.

  1. Ln: Hodder & Stoughton, 28 August 1911. 13,500 copies. 4 color plates by Arthur C. Michael.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 27 October 1911 (or March 1912). Though the Library of Congress has a copy of the US issue with 1911 printed on the title page, this seems to have been an early deposit copy & no other copies with that date are known. For reasons no longer known, the US distribution was delayed until March 1912, & all other known copies show this date. So to be completely precise the 1912 date would have to be called US 1st, 2nd State. 4 color plates by Arthur C. Michael.
  3. Ln: Tauchnitz, 1911. Copyright edition.
An occult historical, wherein the Black Plague is a personified presence with many magic powers. Originally serialized in The Red Magazine 1 December 1910 through 1 March 1911, with 21 illustrations by Paul Hardy.


She: A History of Adventure.

  1. NY: Harper's Franklin Square Library, 24 December 1886, in wraps. The US 1st edition wraps includes 14 full page illustrations by E. K. Johnson. There were also scads of pirated editions in the US as early as 1887 & 1888 (including from Ivers, F. F. Lovell, J. W. Lovell, George Munro, N. L. Munro, Ogilvie, Rand McNally, but none others predate the UK 1st.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1 January 1887. The UK 1st of She, which is the 1st hardcover, has blue cloth, & says "Godness me" in line 38, p269; this was corrected in the 2nd printing. The frontispiece consists of two facing plates depicting the Sherd of Amenartas, drawn by Rider & his sister-in-law, & one other in-text vignette. 10,000 copies printed.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1887. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1 November 1888. 1st British illustrated edition, adding 32 illustrations, 19 of which are full pagers, by Maurice Greiffenhagen & C. H. M. Kerr.
  5. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1896. The first revised edition is the first to include Andrew Lang's sonnet.
  6. Ln: George Newnes New-Size Novels, 1925 wraps. 1st thus, photoplay edition with wrapper illustration from the Betty Blythe film.
  7. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1926. "1st thus" photoplay edition, illustrated with 8 filmstills. This was for the version starring Betty Blythe as the Immortal She.
  8. Ln: Macdonald, 10 December 1948. 1st thus with introduction by Malcom Edwin & illustrations by Hookway Cowles.
  9. NY: Dell, 1949 wraps. This later movie tie-in stupidly rewritten by Don Ward was issued as She, The Story Retold. Mapback collectors will want this & the Dell edition of King Solomon's Mines issued a year later likewise retold.
  10. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1950. Simplified for gradeschool readers, but with new illustrations by Robert Burnand & Norman Meredith.
  11. Fast Fiction #3, January 1950. Comic book adaptation. Reprinted by Fast Fiction Eclipse Classics, 1988 . Black & white comic book adaptation.
  12. Ln: Collins, 1957. 1st thus illustrated by Will Nickless & introducted by Stuart Cloete.
  13. NY: Modern Library #163, 1957. Omnibus of She & King Solomon's Mines. Original introduction by Orville Prescott.
  14. NY: Collier, 1962. With new introduction by Morton N. Cohen.
  15. Ln: Hodder, 1965. Movie tie-in edition for the Ursula Andress film, featuring Ursula on the dustwrapper but not otherwise a unique edition. In the US the same year Lancer did a paperback with Ursula on the cover & some b&w still reproduced tiny on the back cover, but nothing within to make it a distinct edition. As an aside, MGM distributed a press-kit that included 17 disbound pages of stories about the making of the film, 17 publicity stills from the film, mailed to newspapers. Film memorability specialists occasionally offer this publicity packet intact.
  16. Marvel Illustrated Classics #24, 1973. Comic book adaptation.
  17. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991, as The Annotated She. This one of the nicer "first thus" editions having Norman Etherington's critical annotations & comparisons of edition texts with the manuscript text.
  18. NY: Modern Library Paperback Classics, January 2002. Adds a new introduction by Margaret Atwood, plus an extensive set of end-notes. Many of the Greiffenhagen/Kerr illustrations, & the reproduction of the shard, are included.
One of the greatest fantasy novels of all time, conceivably the greatest. First serialized in The Graphic October 1886 through January 1887, illustrated by E. K. Johnson.


She & Allan.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 5 January 1920. Color frontispiece by Enos B. Comstock.
  2. Ln: Hutchinson, 17 February 1921. 8 illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen. 8,000 copies.
  3. Ln: Macdonald, 8 April 1960. 1st thus illustrated by Hookway Cowles.
  4. Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, September 1975. Facsimile retaining the Greiffenhagen illustrations. Cover by Jacqueline Thibodeau.
Serialized in Hutchinson's Story Magazine July 1919 through March 1920. African fantasy adventure; prequel to She. Magic token; telepathy & occult powers of all sorts, as well as the lost race motif.


Smith & the Pharaohs & Other Tales.

  1. Bristol: Arrowsmith, 4 November 1920. 3,000 copies.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 5 August 1921.
Four of the six tales are fantasies, including the title novella, plus "Little Flower", "Only a Dream" & "Barbara Who Came Back"; the nonfantasies are "Magepa the Buck" & "The Blue Curtains". The tales were gathered from sundry magazines & gift annuals.

The novella "Smith & the Pharaohs" was initially serialized in The Strand Magazine December 1912 through February 1913.

"Magepa the Buck," an Allan Quatermain tale, was originally in Pear's Christmas Annual 1912, & was also in Princess Mary's Gift Book in 1914.

"The Blue Curtains" was first in The Cornhill Magazine in 1886.

"Little Flower" may have had its first pubication in the collection.

"Only a Dream" first appeared as "A Wedding Gift" in Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual 1905.

"Barbara Who Came Back" was first in The Pall Mall Mgazine in two parts, March & April 1913.


The Spirit of Bambatse. Same as Benita, which see.


The Spring of a Lion.

  1. NY: F. Tennyson Neely, 1899. Pirated.
This is the only separate edition of the novelette "Long Odds" collected in Allan's Wife & Other Stories, which see for further details.


Stella Fregelius, A Tale of Three Destinies.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 27 October 1903, more than 3 months before the UK 1st.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 3 February 1904. 10,000 copies.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1904. Copyright edition.
Serialized in T.P.'s Weekly November 1092 through April 1903. Supernatural love story, invention of a device that induces telepathy between sympathetic parties, & ultimately leads to communication with the dead. The characters emotional lives & turmoils parallel Rider's actual experiences, this being his most autobiographically inclined of all his novels, with many deeply personal passages.


Swallow, A Tale of the Great Trek.

  1. NY: Longmans, Green, 24 February 1899, with 8 full page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen & 4 by W. Hatherell (of 18 which Hatherell did for serial publication)
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1 March 1899, with 8 full page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen. 10,000 copies.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1899. Copyright edition.
Adventure fantasy originally serialized in The Graphic, July 2 through October 19, 1898, illustrated by W. Hatherell.


A Tale of Three Lions.

  1. NY: George Munro Seaside Library #1049, November 1887, together with the essay "On Going Back." This edition was reprinted by Hurst Publishing as an Arlington Edition.
  2. NY: H. H. Lovell Household Library #94, 28 November 1887. Pirated. Lovell later issued this is Allan the Hunter., which see.
  3. NY: J. W. Lovell, Lovell's Library #1100, December 1887. Pirated.
  4. NY: Ogilvie Fireside Series, December 1887, together with stories by other authors. Pirated.
  5. NY: M. J. Ivers American Series #57, 1887. Pirated.
This short novella first appeared as a three-part serial in Atalanta Magazine: Every Girl's Magazine New Series volume 1 numbers 1 through 3, October, November & December 1887, where it carried 3 full page & one small illustration by Heywood Hardy. It was this magazine printing that was so often pirated. It was also issued pirated under the title Allan the Hunter, which see for additional "fist thus" pirated editions, & was collected in Allan's Wife & Other Tales which see. The item added to the Munro edition, "On Going Back," appeared simultaneously in Longmans Magazine November 1887. It is an essay about Rider's return to Garsington near Oxford, a village he had not visited since boyhood, & where he had known a certain William Quatermain who would seem to have been one of the insprations for Allan.


Treasure of the Lake.

  1. NY: Doubleday Page, 7 May 1926.
  2. Ln: Hutchinson, 24 September 1926. The UK 1st adds "The" in front of the title. 10,000 copies.
  3. Toronto: Ryerson [1926].
Allan returns in a very good fantasy adventure making use of themes of dream-magic, occult powers of varied sorts, treasure, reincarnation, & featuring the protective spirit-woman White Mouse.


The Virgin of the Sun.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 26 January 1922. 8 illkustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, of the 17 he prepared for the serial publication. 11,000 copies.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 26 May 1922. 8 illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen.
Serialized in Hutchinson's Story Magazine July 1919 through March 1920. This South American fantasy adventure is set in 14th Century Peru, when a shipwrecked sailor became the legendary white god of the Aztecs.


The Wanderer's Necklace.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 29 January 1914. 4 color plates by A. C. Michael. 13,500 copies.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 11 February 1914. Same illustrations.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1914. Copyright edition.
Fantasy adventure; memories of former life in medieval Scandinavia.


The Way of the Spirit.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 9 March 1906. 15,000 copies.
  2. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1906. Copyright edition.
  3. Toronto: Musson, 1906. Colonial Edition.
There was no US edition. This is a painful, realistic love story, but with just enough "mystic" touches about undying, eternal love (i.e., love that survives the grave) to lend it a hint of supernatural interest. The plot was inspired during Rider's journey to Egypt.


When the World Shook, Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley & Arbuthnot.

  1. Ln: Cassell, 20 March 1919. Illustrated with four star-charts showing positions of star before & after amazingly long suspended animation. 14,000 copies.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 22 May 1919. The same star-charts, but only the US edition has a color frontispiece by Enos B. Comstock.
Serialized in The Quiver November 1918 through April 1919, with illustrations by A. C. Michaels. Suspended animation brings into the present characters of a super-ancient Atlantean civilization. Spirit travel, reincarnation, occult powers, teleportation, subterranean city, elixir of life; considerable mythic depth.


Wisdom's Daughter, The Life & Love Story of She-Who-Must-Be- Obeyed.

  1. Ln: Hutchinson, 9 March 1923. 11,000 copies.
  2. NY: Doubleday Page, 9 March 1923. Neither the US nor UK firsts have priority.
  3. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1923.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1923. Copyright edition.
Serialized in Hutchinson's Magazine March 1922 through March 1923, with fourteen illustrations, two in color, by A. E. Jackson. The last book written about Ayesha, depicting the earliest part of her life, & how her activities in the cult of the Flame of Life transformed her into the Immortal She.


The Witch's Head.

  1. Ln: Hurst & Blackett, 18 December 1884 (though dated 1885), 1st in 3 volumes. Only 500 copies were printed.
  2. NY: Appleton, 1885 wraps. This, the true first American edition, was pirated.
  3. NY: Longmans, Green, 1886. First legal US 1st edition, & US hardcover 1st.
  4. Ln: J. & R. Maxwell, May 1887. UK 1st in 1 vol, adding a frontispiece.
  5. Ln: Spencer Blackett & Hallam, 1887. 1st thus with color frontispiece by E. Hume.
  6. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1887. Copyright edition.
  7. Ln: Spencer Blackett & Hallem, 1893. 1st thus adding 16 illustrations by Charles Kerr.
Tale of the evil influence of a witchdoctor's severed head. Scads of US pirated editions.


The Wizard.

  1. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 29 Octobter 1896, wraps. 20,000 copies.
  2. NY: Longmans, Green, 8 December 1896 in an elegant decorative binding with shield & spear design.
  3. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1897. Copyright edition.
  4. Ln: Dent, 1940. 1st thus illustrated by Newton Whittaker.
African fantasy originally serialized in The African Review 4 July through 7 November 1896, with 21 illustrations by Charles Kerr.


The Wizard, & Black Heart & White Heart. Also titled Black Heart & White Hear, & The Wizard.

  1. Ln: Newnes, 1907.
  2. Ln: Hodder & Stoughton, 1924, as The Wizard; &, Black Heart & White Heart.
See also editions of books contining these two stories listed under Black Heart & White Heart & Elissa.


The World's Desire.

  1. NY: Harper's Franklin Square Library, October 1890, was a paperback preceding the hardcover firsts. There were also a number of pirated editions in the US that aren't apt to have preceded the authorized firsts.
  2. Ln: Longmans, Green, 5 November 1890. 10,000 copies.
  3. NY: Harper, 8 November 1890.
  4. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1891. Copyright edition.
  5. Ln: Longmans, Green, 1894. 1st illustrated edition, having 27 illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, besides a new three-page preface by the author.
  6. Ln: Macdonald, 10 July 1953. 1st thus illustrated Geoffrey Whittam.
  7. NY: Ballentine Adult Fantasy, 1972 wraps. New introduction by Lin Carter. There were separate Canadian & British issues of this edition as well.
Initially serialized in The New Review April through December 1890. Co-written with Andrew Lang, but Lang's contribution was marginal. Illustrated by Maurice Greiffenhagen. Heroic fantasy depicting Odysseus & Helen of Troy's further adventures in Egypt. This book was an influence on James Branch Cabell's Jurgen and Something About Eve.


The Yellow God: An Idol of Africa.

  1. NY: Cupples & Leon, 25 November 1908, with three illustrations by Frank T. Merrill.
  2. Ln: Cassell, 5 March 1909, with three illustrations by A. C. Michael. 12,500 copies.
Fantasy adventure in Africa & England. Magic mask & other weird fetish objects; lost race; reincarnation; & a sort of vampirism by an immortal woman whose many husbands she has preserved as mummies.





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