Item #312223 THE GOLDEN BELT; or, The Carib's Pledge. Colin BARKER.

THE GOLDEN BELT; or, The Carib's Pledge.

London & New York: Beadle and Company. Nd [1862]. First Edition. A Dime Novel, disbound without covers. 125 pp. Frontispiece. Disbound, fragments of original wraps clinging to spine, upper corner chipped from first leaf, very good. Issued as Beadle's American Library No. XI (6d). This is the British issue of Beadle's Dime Novel No. 5, issued in New York and dated 1860 on the copyright page; the American issue lists the publisher as 'Beadle and Company, New York: 118 William Street / London: 44 Paternoster Row'; ours lists 'Beadle and Company, London: 44 Paternoster Row / New York: 141 William Street'. This issue is undated, it is likely later than the US edition due to the address change. Item #312223

¶ This copy is from the Stuart Teitler Collection of Lost Race Fiction, bought en bloc by Serendipity Books of Berkeley, California circa 2001; broken up and sold individually circa 2009. Worldcat lists many holdings of the US issue (most being microfilm, but still quite a few copies of the book itself) but just one copy of the British issue we offer here, (Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris). Worldcat is of course incorrect, there is a copy of this UK issue in the Johannsen Collection. Rare Books and Special Collections, Northern Illinois University. That copy is on-line, with the subject attributes of:

Romance fiction
Indians of the West Indies--Fiction
Carib Indians--Fiction
Carib women--Fiction
Unrequited love--Fiction
Forced marriage--Fiction
Interracial marriage--Fiction
West Indies--Fiction

There is speculation that "Colin Barker" is a pseudonym for Mrs. Henry J. Thomas, who wrote dime novels under her own byline and also as simply 'Henry J. Thomas'.

Price: $125.00