The King's Assegai

A Matabili Story

First in the Zulu Tetralogy

First published in London in 1894 by Chatto & Windus with 6 illustrations

First published in New York by R.F. Fenno. No date is found anywhere within the first edition, but it is likely circa 1898 since in 1898 Fenno published Mitford's THE GUN-RUNNER and the title-page for this novel lists THE SIGN OF THE SPIDER, which was published in 1896. The American first edition has the same illustrations as the British first edition.

Either first edition is rare today, but the American is far more uncommon

My copy of the 1894 Chatto & Windus first British edition

Frontispiece for the British first edition

Title-page of the British first edition

5 illustrations by Stanley L. Wood

Ads at the end of the British first edition are dated February 1894

Within the February 1894 List of Books is a list of Mitford's novels, including THE GUN-RUNNER, THE LUCK OF GERARD RIDGELEY, and this novel.

My copy of the R.F. Fenno first American edition

An ad for this novel at the front of the American first edition

Frontispiece for the American first edition

Title-page for the American first edition