New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. The true first edition, published Dec. 24, 1886 preceding the London edition of Jan. 1, 1887, though both title pages are dated 1887. This edition also precedes George Munro’s pirated edition in wrappers dated Dec. 31, 1886 and Harper’s re–issue in wrappers. Original publisher’s 3/4 cloth over marbled paper boards. 316 pp. 15 beautiful illustrations by Edward K. Johnson (the British Edition was not illustrated). 2 chromolithographic colour plates of 'The Sherd of Amenartas' preceding title leaf. Boards rubbed with slight loss, spine panel a trifle faded, some light scattered foxing and minor stains. A Very Good copy. Very Good. Item #312493
¶ The lost city of Kor and the immortal Ayesha - the book which made Haggard' s career and the book by which all other Lost Race novels are measured. A foundational work of fantasy literature - J.R.R. Tolkien said it had the most influence on him of any novel. This true first edition is vastly scarcer than the 1887 British edition.