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1908 - The Yellow God

Cupples & Leon Company published the first edition in book-form in New York on November 25, 1908. There are 3 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill. There are no ads at the end of the book. McKay and Scott both agree on the New York publication date.

McKay, Scott, and Whatmore claim that Cassell and Company published the first edition in book-form in London on March 5, 1909. Apparently 12,500 copies were printed, with 3 illustrations by A.C. Michael. Ads at the end of the book are dated-coded 10.08 (October 1908).

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

Below: photos of the title-page and copyright page within one of the Cupples & Leon Company copies held by the Library of Congress.

The title-page has no mention of the Merrill illustrations, whereas the first edition offered for sale to the public does.

April 20, 1908 is stamped and written on the copyright page.

Below, a photo of the American first edition Dust Jacket

This is exceedingly rare. I used to own this very DJ, but in a moment of idiocy, sold it to another collector.

Below, a photo of my copy of the American first edition Dust Jacket

It is ridiculous that I have owned 2 copies of this DJ, when I have only ever seen 2 copies in over 25 years of collecting HRH.

Below, my copy of the American first edition

Frontispiece and title-page

Below, copies of the first edition, neither of which are mine

Frontispiece and title-page

The ads at the end of the first British edition are date-coded 10.08 and contain an ad for THE GHOST KINGS.


The ad for THE YELLOW GOD below was found in the 1910 first edition of MORNING STAR

Below, my copy of the first British edition, second impression, which is very scarce. Last page date-coded 209 (February 1909)

It appears, from the ads at the end, that my copy is a Colonial First Edition

The title-page in my copy clearly states SECOND IMPRESSION, and the ads at the end of the book are date-coded 3.09 (March 1909)

David Frank, of SF & F Books, provided the image below: ads in the Colonial Edition dated February 1909.

Another variant copy of the first British edition, not mine

Cassell 1913 paperback


Not my copy

My copy of a June 1915 Cassell British original Dust Jacket