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1920 - Smith and the Pharaohs and Other Tales

A collection of short stories

McKay and Scott claim that Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company published the first edition in book-form in London on October 25, 1920.

McKay and Scott also claim that J.W. Arrowsmith published the first edition in book-form in Bristol on November 4, 1920.

McKay and Scott claim the Arrowsmith first edition comprises 3,000 copies. It is unclear if this number includes the Simpkin first edition copies, but I believe it does.

The title-page of the British first edition first lists J.W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), with Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company (London) listed second.

Longmans, Green and Company published the first American edition August 5, 1921. McKay and Scott both agree on the publication date in New York. The ads at the end of the book are not dated.


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

Most of the short stories were published separately before being collected into one volume

SMITH AND THE PHARAOHS first appeared in the December 1912, and January and February 1913 issues of The Strand Magazine.


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MAGEPA THE BUCK first appeared in Pears' Christmas Annual 1912.


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THE BLUE CURTAINS first appeared in 1886 in The Cornhill Magazine without illustrations.

THE LITTLE FLOWER may have appeared earlier, but so far no evidence of this.

ONLY A DREAM first appeared in Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual 1905 under the title A WEDDING GIFT


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BARBARA WHO CAME BACK first appeared in 1913 in The Pall Mall Magazine.




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The Publisher's Circular from October 2, 1920 shows SMITH AND THE PHARAOHS was published October 25, 1920

A British first edition with original dust jacket

A British first edition original dust jacket

Copies of the British first editions, both binding variants

British first edition title-page

An American first edition original dust jacket, sadly not in my collection

Copies of the American first edition

The light blue with navy blue titling is assumed to be a later issue or later variant binding

The title-page of the first American edition

Ads at the end of the book cover many of HRH's novels