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1901 - Lysbeth

LYSBETH : A tale of the Dutch

The first appearance was as a serialized novel, published in THE GRAPHIC from September 1, 1900 through March 2, 1901. G. P. Jacomb-Hood created 26 illustrations for the serialization.

LYSBETH was also serialized in America in 7 issues of Pearson's Magazine from October 1900 through April of 1901. This serialization was not illustrated per se, just a couple of embellished title-pieces.

McKay and Scott claim that Longmans, Green, and Company published the first edition in book-form in New York on April 9, 1901. Ads at the end of the book are not dated.

Longmans published the first British edition April 11, 1901. Ads at the end of the book are not dated. Apparently 10,000 copies were printed. McKay, Scott and Whatmore all agree on the publication date in London.

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

I own the complete serialization of this novel in THE GRAPHIC, and below are two of the illustrations.

Below: the first page of each issue of LYSBETH serialized in Pearson's Magazine, New York

An ad for LYSBETH found in the back of the first American edition of PEARL MAIDEN.

The British first edition is bound in navy-blue cloth. The title-page is as pictured below.

I own the first British edition copy that HRH gifted to his niece, Nellie, Ella's daughter.

The Canadian first edition, published by Copp Clark, as part of Longmans' Colonial Library

My first British edition rebound in full leather.

My SIGNED rebound 1901 second (new) impression copy that HRH gifted to John Hays Hammond, part of a set of 23 volumes

It has the same frontispiece illustration as the first British and American editions.

Two different copies of the British paperback reprint published by George Newnes

I own a copy of this edition, but neither of those pictured below.

An original DJ for a British reprint published by Hodder and Stoughton, circa 1920s