THE HOLY FLOWER is another Allan Quatermain Novel
The first appearance of THE HOLY FLOWER was as a serialized novel, published in The Windsor Magazine and New Story Magazine December 1913. The Windsor Magazine serial ends in its November 1914 issue. The Windsor Magazine serial contains 16 Maurice Greiffenhagen illustrations, 1 in color. The New Story Magazine serial is reported to end in its June 1914 issue. I do not know if this serial was illustrated, but two of the covers appear to have to do with this novel, and the covers were illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.
According to McKay, Scott, and Whatmore, Ward, Lock, & Co. published the first edition in London on March 31, 1915. All 16 of Maurice Greiffenhagen's illustrations are present, though all are black and white. The are ads at the end of the book, but they are not dated. McKay and Scott claim that 14,000 copies were printed.
Longmans, Green and Company published the first American edition on March 31, 1915 with the title: ALLAN AND THE HOLY FLOWER. McKay and Scott both agree on the publication date in New York. The American edition only includes 12 of Michael's 16 illustrations. There are no ads at the end of the book.
See the VisualHaggard.org page dedicated to the illustrations found in various editions.
I own the complete serialization of this novel in THE WINDSOR MAGAZINE
Below: The color illustration found in the serialization in THE WINDSOR MAGAZINE
Below: The December 1913 and January 1914 issues of the NEW STORY MAGAZINE
The N.C. Wyeth cover for February 1914 issue of NEW STORY MAGAZINE, and what may be an image of the original painting
The March 1914 issue cover mentions that the serial continues in that issue, but the April 1914 issue cover does not mention HRH or The Holy Flower. Since I do not own any of the New Story Magazine issues, I cannot confirm if the serial continues into the June 1914 issue or not.
I do not own and could not find any images of the British first edition original dust jacket
Below: Copies of the British first edition
My copy is the second one
Below: A variant olive-green cloth binding of the British first edition
The Colonial Edition, "For Sale Abroad" blind-stamped to rear board
Below: A variant blue cloth binding of the British first edition without gilt
Below: the British first edition frontispiece and title-page
Below: My copy of the American first edition with original dust jacket
My copy of the American first edition
The frontispiece for the American first edition is the same as the one found in the British first edition.
The title-page of the first American edition is below.
Below, a British 1917 reprint with original dust jacket, published by Ward, Lock
This is a very scarce DJ, and I have yet to see the 1915 British First Edition DJ for THE HOLY FLOWER
The copy pictured below in the 5 photos sold on October 18, 2020 for US$339