KING SOLOMON'S WIVES; OR, THE PHANTOM MINES. By Hyder Ragged [pseudonym]. London: Vizetelly & Co., 1887. Octavo, pp. [iii-vii] viii  10-11  13-125 [126: blank], inserted folding map, numerous illustrations in the text, several signed "L.S.," rebound in late nineteenth century three-quarter black leather and marbled boards, spine panel titled and ruled in gold, red speckled edges. First edition. This edition was issued in paperbound format only. "This parody on 'King Solomon's Mines' was for many years attributed to Andrew Lang. In 1921, however, writing to the SKETCH in August concerning a caricature of Haggard by 'Maat' which had appeared in its issue for Aug. 3, Ernest Vizetelly gave the name of the author of 'King Solomon's Wives' as Sir Henry Chartres Biron who wrote it when he was a young barrister." - Scott. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 244 (attributing to John de Morgan). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 180. Reginald 04118. Scott 627. Whatmore PL11. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905, VII, p. 382. This copy has been rebound without the red paper covers and lacks the half title leaf and leaf of publisher's advertisements. Leather just a bit scuffed at spine ends and corner tips, else a near fine copy. (#149765).
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