The first appearance of RED EVE, according to Scott, was as a serialized novel in 12 parts, published in The New York Herald (Special Fiction Section) beginning October 2, 1910 and ending December 18, 1910. The artist signature is difficult to make out, but Scott claims it is Hadherny. I own this serialization in its entirety and it contains 19 full-page (12 in color) and 42 half-page illustrations.
According to Whatmore, The Red Magazine also serialized this novel from December 1, 1910 through March 1, 1911, and Paul Hardy created 21 illustrations for this serialization. I have do not own this serialization, but have images of one of the issues below.
McKay, Scott, and Whatmore claim that Hodder and Stoughton published the first edition in book-form in London on August 28, 1911. Apparently, 13,500 copies were printed, with 4 color illustrations by A.C. Michael, but without any ads at the end of the book. According to Whatmore, 12 proof copies were "compiled, stitched, and trimmed in wrappers, and sent to Hodder and Stoughton" in November 1910.
Higgins claims that Hodder paid £750 ($127,000 in 2020 dollars) as an advance for publication in book-form.
McKay and Scott both agree on the New York publication date, and claim that 5,000 copies comprise the first printing. Doubleday, Page and Company published the first edition in book-form in New York on October 27, 1911.
McKay does not include a description of the first American edition. Scott states: "Three copies of the American edition...have been examined but all have the date 1912 on the title-page, with the figure " 2 " being one third less in height than the others and also of a different type. It is understood that the Library of Congress possesses a copy dated 1911, although the Publisher's Weekly does not list this particular edition until March 9, 1912."
I have been collecting HRH for nearly 25 years and every copy I have ever seen has 1912 on its title-page. However, in January 2021, I finally found and acquired a copy with 1911 on its title-page (see below).
Doubleday included the same 4 A.C. Michael illustrations as found in the Hodder and Stoughton first edition. There are no ads at the end of the book.
See the VisualHaggard.org page dedicated to the illustrations found in various editions.
The images below are from the New York Herald serialization that I own: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, and 18. Hadherny is the illustrator.
The Boston Sunday Post, in its Special Fiction Supplement, began its serialization on October 30, 1910
Hadherny illustrated the serialization above. I researched Hadherny, and found one possible match. An auction website (click the image below to visit it) has the painting below listed as by A.V. Hadherny, but my scrutiny of the artist signature determines the artist to be E.V. Hadherny. When I compare the signature in the painting to the signature on all of the above illustrations, I think this E.V. Hadherny may be the same artist. The illustrator for the NY Herald only signed a surname. So, E.V. Hadherny may not be the illustrator for the NY Herald serialization.
Below: Images of the illustrations from one issue of the RED MAGAZINE serialization
My copy of the Hodder and Stoughton first British edition
Frontispiece and title-pages
Hodder and Stoughton partnered with The Musson Book Company in Canada. The Musson copy is bound to look the same as the Hodder edition. I do not own a copy.
Below, my copy of the Doubleday first American edition original dust jacket. The dust jacket is extremely rare--I have never seen another.
This dust jacket was found protecting a Grosset & Dunlap reprint. See below.
Below, my copy of the exceedingly rare Doubleday first American edition with 1911 on its title-page
Below, the frontispiece and 1911-dated title-page within my copy of the exceedingly rare Doubleday first American edition
Below, the copyright page of the 1911 first edition, and the copyright page of the 1912 first edition
Notice the difference: no circular colophon on the 1911 copy
Below, my copy of the Doubleday first American edition with 1912 on its title-page
Three title-pages below: Doubleday first edition, Doubleday later printing, Grosset & Dunlap reprint
Notice the first edition mentions illustrations by A.C. Michael, whereas the other two only mention a frontispiece.
The frontispiece selected for the Doubleday later printing and the G&D reprint is the illustration found at page 122 in the first edition.