London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887. [Classic tale of sorcery] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.[viii]; 317. Illustrated, two colour plates as frontispiece. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board, allso blocked in gilt with hieroglyphics and scarab motif. First Issue, with the following errors; 'geneleman' for 'gentleman' p.59, line 22, 'had' for 'have' p126, line 26, 'it compared' for 'if compared' p.258, line 37 and 'godness me' p.269, line 38. Whatmore fails to note the 'geneleman' misspelling but lists one further misprint 'mysogymist' for 'misogynist', p.88, line 4. This in itself may be erroneous- we have not encountered such a mistake in all our years of cataloguing this title and at the time of writing no other copy available for sale is described as such. Contents clean, carefully recased with similar coated black endpapers supplied, crown a touch frayed, gilt a touch dulled, bumped at corners. Very good indeed. Eerie Late-Victorian adventure in which African explorers discover a lost and ancient people ruled by an immortal white queen. Actually printed in December 1886. Previously published as a serial story in the Graphic, October 1886-January 1887, illustrated by E.K. Johnson. The book-form edition features some textual revisions from that version. Item #52401
Whatmore [F4]. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature . Listed in Jones & Newman; 100 Best Horror Novels.
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