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1918 - Moon of Israel

A Tale of the Exodus

First appeared as a serialization in The Cornill Magazine, January 1918 through October 1918. This serialization has no illustrations.

McKay, Scott, and Whatmore claim that John Murray published the first edition in London on October 31, 1918. The ads at the end of the book are not dated. McKay and Scott claim that 10,000 copies were printed.

Longmans, Green and Company published the first American edition on November 14, 1918. McKay and Scott both agree on the publication date in New York. The American edition has a frontispiece illustration by Enos B. Comstock. The ads at the end of the book are not dated.

A newspaper in Butte, Montana also serialized this novel, and it has at least one illustration, but I don't know more than this (see below).

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


I do not own any of the books pictured below, unless noted.

A copy of the British first edition with original dust jacket, and also an image of a facsimile DJ

My copy of the British first edition

British first edition title-page

The ads at the end of the book prominently include on the first page an ad for JESS.

Note: I have yet to see any John Murray edition illustrated with 12 Maurice Greiffenhagen illustrations, though the publishers of the British first edition of JESS (Smith, Elder) did publish in 1896 an edition with 12 Greiffenhagen illustrations.

Copies of the American first edition with original dust jackets

Below: The frontispiece by Enos B. Comstock, and the title-page of the first American edition

Longmans made a mistake on its 1920 3rd printing by designating on its title-page SECOND IMPRESSION, while the copyright page clearly lists a 3rd printing from March, 1920.

The ads at the end of the first edition are devoted to highlighting the Allan Quatermain series of novels

A part of the serialization of MOON OF ISRAEL from the weekly Sunday section called THE AMERICAN WEEKLY, published in THE BOSTON SUNDAY ADVERTISER April 13, 1919

Another part of the serialization of MOON OF ISRAEL from THE BUTTE MINER newspaper, Butte, Montana, May 25, 1919

My copy of the American first edition, 4th printing, original dust jacket

A 1924 German poster for the German film of MOON OF ISRAEL

John Murray British reprints

MOON OF ISRAEL was made into a film, which resulted in numerous movie posters and other advertising memorabilia