King Solomon's Mines
by H. Rider Haggard
(Cassell & Company - First Edition, Second Impression 1885)
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A First Edition, second printing reading copy of Rider Haggard's African adventure.
The first printing text errors have been corrected in this volume however the following second printing points have been confirmed present:
Title Page dated 1885 with no reference to previous printings or quantities published
no printing date at foot of page 320
first section of publisher's catalogue ("Illustrated, Fine-Art and other Volumes") dated "5. G. 10.85"
second part of catalogue ("Bibles and Religious Works") dated "5 B. 10.85".
A much used volume in need of restoration but intact with all pages and folding frontispiece facsimile map confirmed present.
Hardback, 12mo (approx 7.5 inches / 19 cm tall), 320 pages with large coloured folding map and sixteen page publisher's catalogue at rear (1.5 inch / 3cm closed tear to map hinge repaired to the plain reverse with archive quality document film, creasing to top right corner of the fold-out portion).
Book Condition - Fair:
Heavy general wear and soiling to the original illustrated red boards and spine (underlying boards visible at corners, short joint splits adjoining the rear board, cloth loss to spine extremities), spine heavily sunned but lettering and illustration still legible, boards attached but front and rear hinges cracked and very weak.
No previous ownership inscriptions but annotations and reading room stamps to the plain front endpapers with a further reading room stamp to the half title, text block weak with some significant internal separation but no detached pages, two pages of the catalogue opened roughly with resultant fore-edge raggedness - no loss of text, last catalogue page unopened, moderate to significant general soiling, overall internally Fair in an easily readable condition.
Total weight with packaging just under 650g.
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard (Cassell & Company - First Edition, Second Impression 1885)
Somer Books Limited, Midsomer Norton, Bath, England