London: Cassell & Co, 1885. First edition, first issue. Very Good. A Very Good copy with all first issue points: p.10 - "Bamamgwato"; p.122 3rd line up - "let twins to live"; p.307 footnote, second to last line - "wrod." Ads dated 5 G. 8.85. Recased in the original binding, with the spine darkened and some spotting and soiling to the cloth. Tear to the frontis map expertly repaired. Light to moderate foxing, mostly at the prelims. One of approximately 1000 copies of the first issue and quite scarce in the original cloth. H. Rider Haggard's influential Victorian adventure tale. King Solomon's Mines follows the adventure of Sir Allan Quatermain, who ends up discovering the lost civilization of Kukuanaland. (Indeed, the book is thought to have been the inspiration for the entire genre of "Lost World" science fiction -- and influenced writers as diverse as HP Lovecraft and Michael Crichton.) Even though Haggard was inspired to write the book because of a wager with his brother - and finished it in less than four months - King Solomon's Mines would prove to be a best seller. "Mr.Haggard has little prestige on this side of the water, but it will be unjust if "King Solomon's Mines" does not bring him renown." (Contemporary New York Times Book Review). Very Good.
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