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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. First edition : the so-called “first issue”, with all the misprints noted by Scott and Whatmore – although these would appear to be common to the whole of the edition. Endlessly reprinted ever since and the basis of at least eight film versions: in Margaret Atwood’s phrase, Ayesha (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) has become “a permanent feature of the human imagination”.
Crown 8vo (186 x 114mm). [viii],(318),[ii]pp. Two colour plates. Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; original decorative cloth gilt bound in at rear; a few slight and minor marks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 5. Whatmore F4.

£750

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : ALLAN’S WIFE AND OTHER TALES.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : ALLAN’S WIFE AND OTHER TALES.

London : Spencer Blackett, 1889. First edition. The title story and three further Quatermain tales, “Hunter Quatermain’s Story”, “A Tale of Three Lions” and “Long Odds”.
Crown 8vo (184 x 128mm). 334,[iv] + (32)pp inserted advertisements dated September 1889. Frontispiece and seven full-page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931) and Charles Kerr (1858-1907), with numerous further text illustrations, decorative devices and initials. Bound in a stylish later (mid twentieth-century) full tan calf, banded and richly gilt, contrasting red and blue labels, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, by Bayntun; some very mild rubbing to head and joints; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy. Scott 14. Whatmore F11.

£200

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : BLACK HEART AND WHITE HEART AND OTHER STORIES.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : BLACK HEART AND WHITE HEART AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Longmans, Green, & Co., 1900. First edition. The title story, set in the period of King Cetywayo, and two other longish tales, “Elissa” (also known as “The Doom of Zimbabwe”) and “The Wizard”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). xii,[2],414pp. Frontispiece and thirty-three full-page illustrations (the latter not included in pagination) by Charles Kerr (1858-1907) and Frederick Henry Townsend (1868-1920). Original dark blue cloth over bevelled boards, lettered in gilt; some minor wear to extremities, a few faint marks, some spotting to text and plates, but a very good and still bright copy. Scott 34. Whatmore F23.

£125

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

London : Ward Lock & Co., 1905 First edition. As Haggard points out in his prefatory note, not so much a sequel to “She” as the conclusion to his famous tale – a conclusion he had deliberately waited twenty years to write. He also points out the the correct pronunciation is ‘Assha’.
Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm). 384pp. Frontispiece and thirty-one atmospheric plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931). Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a few slight and minor marks and nicks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 45. Whatmore F28.

£400

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : THE IVORY CHILD.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : THE IVORY CHILD.

London : Cassell & Co., (1916). First edition. A late Allan Quatermain title – “one of the strangest of all the adventures which have befallen me in the course of a life that so far can scarcely be called tame or humdrum”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],344pp. Coloured frontispiece and three plates by A. C. Michael. Original brown cloth, ruled and lettered in blind on upper cover, lettered across spine in gilt; a touch of rubbing; mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy. Contemporary “Royal Naval War Libraries” stamp on front pastedown – although the book has evidently never seen library use. Scott 66. Whatmore F43.

£100

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