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HAGGARD, H. Rider.
Allan Quatermain,
London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1887. Historically one of the most important 19th century works of popular fiction Octavo. Publisher's presentation binding of brown morocco-backed pebble-grain brown cloth, titles to spine in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 19 engraved plates by J. Cooper from drawings by C. H. M. Kerr. Rubbing to board edges and joints, especially to spine ends, occasional light foxing to contents, most significantly to frontispiece and title page, else clean and bright, a very good copy indeed. First edition, publisher's presentation copy, with a leaf from a diary signed by the author, his wife Mariana Louisa, Charles James Longman, his wife Harriet Anne, and Maria and Alice Cope, and a publisher's compliments slip completed in manuscript loosely inserted. This copy is number 105 of 112 large paper copies issued of Haggard's sequel to King Solomon's Mines of 1885, which had introduced the character of Allan Quatermain. Haggard's "lost-race novel par excellence sets up many of the motifs and fictional patterns that became an integral part of the subgenre" (Bleiler). In the work Quatermain and his cohort discover the Zu-Vendi, a lost white race descended from, according to Quatermain, the Phoenicians who fled Babylon before the Christian era and who now live in a matriarchal civilisation. Although Haggard ends this work with the death of the eponymous hero, the popularity of the novel prompted a further 14 novels and several short stories continuing Quatermain's adventures. Bleiler, Science-Fic … [Click Below for Full Description]
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