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1895 - Joan Haste

The first appearance was as a serialized novel, published by PALL MALL MAGAZINE from September 1894 through July 1895. J.S. Wilson illustrated the serialization: 1 full-page and 104 less than full-page illustrations, including head-pieces. I own the complete serialization.

McKay, Scott and Whatmore claim that Longmans, Green, and Company published the first edition in book-form in London on August 12, 1895. Longmans claims July as the month the first edition was printed. This edition, purportedly composed of 10,000 copies, contains only 20 of the F.S. Wilson illustrations, 4 of which are not in the American edition. Ads at the end of the book are dated July 1895, and also dated-coded 6/95 (June 1895).

Longmans published the first American edition in 1895, also with only 20 F.S. Wilson illustrations, 2 of which are not in the British edition. Ads at the end of the book are not dated. McKay, Scott and Whatmore all claim October as the publication month.

George Newnes published its edition in London circa 1906/7, and this new edition features 4 illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo.

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


I do not own any of the books pictured, unless noted.

The PALL MALL MAGAZINE volumes in which the serialization of this novel first appeared.

HRH gifted this first British edition copy to his sister, Ella (Mrs Maddison Green), and now this copy is in my collection.

I also own a second copy in original cloth in as nice condition.

British first edition frontispiece and title-page

VisualHaggard.org has all of the illustrations for your viewing pleasure: http://www.visualhaggard.org/editions/92

My copy of the first American edition

Due to the light color of the cloth, the American first edition is very difficult to find in clean condition

Frontispiece and title-page within my copy of the first American edition

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

My rebound 1905 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