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1916 - The Ivory Child

Sequel to THE HOLY FLOWER

Scott claims that the first appearance was as a serialized novel, published in "various newspapers from January 4, 1915, and ran for 18 weeks." I have never seen a serialization within any newspaper. However, The Blue Book Magazine serialized this novel in 8 parts from February 1915 through September 1915. I do not know if this serial was illustrated.

McKay, Scott, and Whatmore claim that Cassell and Company published the first edition in London on January 6, 1916, with 4 A.C. Michael's illustrations, the frontispiece in color. The are no ads at the end of the book, but the last page is date-coded 1115 (November 1915). McKay and Scott claim that 13,000 copies were printed.

McKay and Scott both claim that Longmans, Green and Company published the first American edition in New York on April 1, 1916. Longmans claims it published this novel in February 1916 (see below). The American edition includes the 4 A.C. Michael 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 do not own the serialization of this novel in THE BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE Below are the covers of the 8 issues in which the serialization appears

A copy of the British first edition with original dust jacket


Sadly, not in my collection.

My SIGNED copy of the British first edition

6 days after publication, on January 12, 1916, HRH signed my copy of the British first edition when he was at Queen Anne's Mansions

British first edition frontispiece and title-page

Date-code on last page: 1115, or November 1915

Another copy of the British first edition, and a variant binding British first edition

neither are mine

My copy of the American first edition, 4th printing (January 1924) original dust jacket

My copy of the American first edition, 4th printing (January 1924)

A copy of the American first edition, 1st printing that I used to own

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, and the printing history from my 4th printing, which shows the first printing was in February 1916, not April 1, 1916, as McKay and Scott claim.

A copy of a 1929 Cassell British reprint with original DJ that I used to own