HRH's second novel
According to McKay and Scott, THE WITCH'S HEAD was first published in London by Hurst and Blackett in 3 volumes on December 18, 1884, though dated 1885. Only 500 sets were printed.
Whatmore claims the publication date was December 22, 1884.
John and Robert Maxwell published in London a 1-volume edition, supposedly May 1887. It has a black and white frontispiece.
Harpers published a 1-volume edition in New York with 1887 on the title-page.
Spencer Blackett published in London a 1-volume edition, supposedly in 1887, with a color frontispiece by E. Hume.
Later, circa 1893, Blackett published a new edition with 16 illustrations by Charles Kerr.
Circa 1906 George Newnes published in London an edition with 8 illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo.
First British edition title-pages
One of the 500 first edition sets of 3 volumes. This set was gifted to HRH's sister, Mary.
One of the 500 first edition sets of 3 volumes. This set was gifted to HRH's sister, Ella.
This set of volumes once owned by Ella sold in May 2021 for $5,829 plus an additional 30% Buyer's Premium, for a total over $7,500
My copy of the Harpers first American edition
Harpers first American edition title-page, my copy
Maxwell 1-volume reprint
Maxwell 1-volume reprint frontispiece and title-page
Maxwell 1-volume reprint frontispiece
Spencer Blackett 1-volume reprint with black and white frontispiece and title-page
Spencer Blackett 1-volume reprint color frontispiece
Spencer Blackett 1-volume reprint title-page
Spencer Blackett 1893 1-volume reprint, Charles Kerr frontispiece
Spencer Blackett 1893 1-volume reprint, title-page showing 26th Thousand
Spencer Blackett 1893 1-volume reprint with 16 new illustrations by Charles Kerr
My rebound 1903 SIGNED copy that HRH gifted to John Hays Hammond, part of a set of 23 volumes
This copy has the Charles Kerr illustrations.