1885 Rare First Edition bound by Bayntun - King Solomon's Mines by Sir Henry Rider Haggard.
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Author: Sir Henry Rider Haggard.
Title: King Solomon's Mines.
Publisher: London, Paris, New York & Melbourne, Cassell & Company, Limited, 1885. First Edition. 1885 on the title page. Very early printing (second corrected printing) with the printing date "20.12 85" (December 1885) on page 320. The three typographical errors of the first and second printings are corrected here.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages: 320 pages + publisher's catalog.
Binding: Attractive and near fine full Hermes red morocco leather binding with beautiful gilt tooling to spine by BAYNTUN (signed on the top of the first blank) (hinges fine - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover. All edges gilt. An exquisite binding!
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight, and clean, small tear to the map nicely repaired with archival tape by a previous owner - as shown, original front & back covers and spine bound in at rear - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the folding map.
Estimate: (USD 700 - USD 1000)
The book: Attractive and wonderfully bound later printing of the First edition of King Solomon's Mines (1885) -- a popular novel by the English Victorian adventure writer and fabulist Sir H. Rider Haggard. It tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is one of the first English adventure novels set in Africa and is considered to be the genesis of the lost world literary genre.
The author: Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure fiction romances set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the lost world literary genre. He was also involved in land reform throughout the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.
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