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1912 - Marie

The first novel in the Allan Quatermain Zulu Trilogy

The first appearance of MARIE was as a serialized novel, published in Cassell's Magazine from September 1911 through February 1912. A.C. Michael created 20 illustrations and 1 headpiece for the serialization. 

McKay, Scott, and Whatmore claim that Cassell and Company published the first edition in book-form in London on January 25, 1912. Only 4 of Michael's 20 illustrations are in this edition, though one of them is in full color. There are no ads at the end of the book. McKay and Scott claim that 6,997 copies were printed and bound in the same style as the American edition. Scott claims another 3,936 copies were bound in cloth and 2,571 copies were bound in paper wrappers for the Colonies, except Canada. Canada got its own binding, consisting of 2,000 copies.

Higgins claims that Cassell and Company paid £450 ($76,000 in 2020 dollars) for the serial rights, and £750 ($126,000 in 2020 dollars) was advanced for publication in book-form.

Longmans, Green and Company published the first American edition March 18, 1912. McKay and Scott both agree on the publication date in New York. The American edition used the same illustrations as Cassell did for its edition. There are no ads at the end of the book.

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

I own the complete serialization of this novel in CASSELL'S MAGAZINE, and below is an image of the first issue, September 1911, which I own.

Below are two of the illustrations from the serialization of this novel in CASSELL'S MAGAZINE

Below: A photo of the dust jacket that accompanied the British first edition

My copy of the British first edition

My copy of the first British edition that HRH signed for Mrs. Pitt

Notice that the British first edition was first published January 25, 1912, and this copy was signed 5 days later.

According to Sumner and Stillman, booksellers out of Maine: "Mrs Sarah Pitt was a writer of novels meant for children, or at least young adults -- for whom Cassell was likewise the UK publisher; she had been quite popular during the years 1881-1900."

I am not certain that they are correct, but their theory sounds reasonable.

My copy of the Colonial/Canadian variant first edition

Another copy of the Colonial/Canadian variant first edition

A variant binding for the British or perhaps Canadian/Colonial first edition

British first edition frontispiece and title-page

My copy of the American first edition (1917 4th printing) original dust jacket. The dust jacket is likely the 1st printing dust jacket, only with a new price sticker affixed to the spine over the original price

 My copy of the 4th printing book well-protected by its original DJ

I also own a copy of the 1st printing, and a copy of the 2nd printing

The title-page of the first American edition. The frontispiece is the same as the first British edition. Printing history from my 4th printing.

British reprints published by Cassell

The San Francisco Chronicle serialized MARIE  in January and February 1914, and I own 7 parts

Four of the illustrations are signed "Francis" and the other 3 are very similar to 3 of the original A.C. Michael illustrations found in the Cassell's Magazine serialization.