SHE: A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-317 [318: blank] [319-320: ads], double-page color-lithograph plate on single folded sheet inserted before title leaf, original decorated blue cloth over bevel-edged boards, front and spine panels stamped in gold, brown on blue-gray swan and ship endpapers. First British (and first hardcover) edition. 10,000 copies printed. The U.S. Harper & Brothers paperbound edition was published 24 December 1886, a week before the British edition published 1 January 1887. "The best and by far the most influential of Haggard's many exotic romances. It belongs to the subgenre of 'karmic romance' that he pioneered, its hero being the reincarnation of a lover for whom the charismatic anti-heroine has been waiting for centuries. It was the inspirational ancestor of a great many modern femme fatale stories, including such quasi-science-fictional examples as G. Firth Scott's THE LAST LEMURIAN (1896; 1898), Pierre Benoit's L'ATLANTIDE (1919) and numerous tales from the U.S. pulps; Haggard probably had some influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs and certainly influenced A. Merritt." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-476. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-88; (1981) 1-89; (1987) 1-46; (1995) 1-46; and (2004) II-476. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-74. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 724. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 974. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 14. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 383. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 462. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1396-1401. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1908-12. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 92-3. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 90. Reginald 06563. Sadleir 1092. Wolff 2881. Scott 5. Whatmore F4. Early owner's signature dated 17 February 1887 on verso of front free endpaper. Very slight spine lean, a bright, nearly fine copy with tight inner hinges. An uncommon book in this condition. (#101914).
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