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1911 - The Mahatma and the Hare

A Dream Story

According to McKay, Scott, and Whatmore, Henry Holt published the first edition in New York on October 16, 1911, and Longmans, Green, and Company published the first edition in London on the same day. Ads at the end of the Holt edition are date-coded "vii' 10" (July 1910). Longmans did not bind any ads into the textblock, but did insert a laid-in card of ads, which are dated October, 1911.

The Holt first edition comprises only 1,500 copies, whereas the Longmans first edition is composed of 5,000 copies.

W. T. Horton and H. M. Brock each contributed six full-page illustrations to the Holt and Longmans first editions.

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

I do not own any of the books pictured below, but I do own nice copies of both the American and British first editions.

I have owned a copy of the first American edition with original dust jacket, but sold it. I now own a very nice copy in a facsimile DJ.

There is a variant Henry Holt binding where black is used, instead of gold, on the green cloth (below).

Henry Holt frontispiece and title-page, and ads at the end date-coded July 1910

Copies of the Longmans British first edition dust jackets

Copies of the Longmans British first editions

Longmans frontispiece and title-page, and ads on a card loosely laid-in and dated October, 1911