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1895 - Heart of the World

The first appearance was as a serialized novel, published by PEARSON'S WEEKLY, August 1894 through January 1895. I have never seen this serialization.

McKay, Scott and Whatmore claim that Longmans, Green, and Company published the first edition in book-form in New York in May 1895. There are 13 Amy Sawyer illustrated plates in this edition. Ads at the end of the book are not dated.

McKay, Scott and Whatmore all claim March 27, 1896 as the publication date of the first British edition. This edition, purportedly composed of 10,000 copies, contains 15 Amy Sawyer illustrations, 2 more than the American edition. Ads at the end of the book are dated December 1895.

See the VisualHaggard.org page dedicated to the illustrations found in various editions.

My copy of the first American edition

Title-page of the first American edition

An ad for the novel found in the back of the first American edition of SWALLOW.

British first edition, and frontispiece and title-page

My rebound copy of the first British edition, no ads at the end.

My rebound 1904 SIGNED copy that HRH gifted to John Hays Hammond, part of a set of 23 volumes


The frontispiece is the same as that found in the Longmans first editions

Hodder & Stoughton British reprint with original DJ

Harrap British 2nd printing, August 1928 (1st was January 1926)