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THE LOST HEIR
1899. Illustrated by Ernest Prater. London: James Bowden, 1899. 8 pp undated ads. Original pictorially decorated olive green cloth, beveled. First Edition of this novel for adults. A general has died in India, and his child the heir has disappeared -- though a certain rogue surfaces to claim the inheritance in the child's absence... One would assume, looking at the binding, that it is one of Henty's typical historical adventures for "young lads": it shows a fallen man under a tiger, while a soldier and a man astride an elephant rush to his rescue. The publisher, James Bowden (recently retired as managing director of the firm of Ward Lock & Bowden), clearly put this novel into such a binding with the hope of stimulating sales by deluding people into thinking it was another Henty book for boys; this undoubtedly upset Henty, as he had a contract with Blackie for all such titles.~This is a fine, bright copy -- though the endpapers have hairline cracks and there is occasional foxing on this thick wove paper. Although the number of copies of the first edition of THE LOST HEIR is not known, it could not have been many, as it is an uncommon book -- like most all of Henty's books for adults. Newbolt 87.1 (and Plate 14).
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
Last Found On: 2014-08-13           Check availability:      Biblio    

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