Norse sagas and HRH's 1888 visit to Iceland inspired this novel!
McKay, Scott and Whatmore claim that THE PEOPLE serialized this novel in 1891.
McKay, Scott and Whatmore claim that Longmans, Green, and Co., published in London its first book edition, which is illustrated with 17 full-page woodcut prints and 34 supplemental illustrations (13 initial letters) by Lancelot Speed, on May 13, 1891; and that 10,000 copies were printed. Ads at the end are date-coded 12/90.
Toronto-based William Bryce also includes Speed’s illustrations for its 1891 Canadian first edition.
In 1891 Heinemann and Balestier, Leipzig, published an edition for their English Library series.
John W. Lovell published in New York its edition in 1891, and included the Speed illustrations. Harper & Brothers also published its edition in 1891, but without illustrations.
The International Copyright Act of 1891 put a stop to rampant pirating of HRH's novels.
See the VisualHaggard.org page dedicated to the illustrations found in various editions.
I do not own any of the books pictured, unless noted.