KING SOLOMON'S WIVES; OR, THE PHANTOM MINES. By Hyder Ragged [pseudonym]. Henry Chartres Biron, "Hyder Ragged.", Henry Rider Haggard Paropdy.

KING SOLOMON'S WIVES; OR, THE PHANTOM MINES. By Hyder Ragged [pseudonym]. New York: George Munro, Publisher, [1887]. Octavo, pp. [i-ix] x [xi] xii [xiii-xiv] [15] 16-100 [101-108: ads], one map, numerous illustrations in the text, original pictorial paper wrappers printed in light brown and black with picnic hamper background. First U.S. edition. Issued as "Seaside Library Pocket Edition," number 970, dated 30 April 1887. First published in London by Vizetelly & Co. in 1887. This is a later printing of Munro's American piracy with publisher's ads for later books in the "Seaside Library" on page [105]. "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). See Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 180. Reginald 04118. See Scott 627. See Whatmore PL11. See Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905, VII, p. 382. Early owner's signature on half title page and bookplate on inside front cover. Lacks most of the spine panel, four old tape mends to spine, small chip from lower right corner of front cover, last seven leaves separated from staples, text block (printed on pulp paper stock) age-darkened, but not too brittle, a good copy of an uncommon and very fragile book. (#153365).

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