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1922 - The Virgin of the Sun

THE VIRGIN OF THE SUN : A novel of Incas

inAccording to McKay, Scott, and Whatmore, Cassell and Company published the first edition in book-form in London on January 26, 1922. Apparently, 11,000 copies were printed, without illustrations, without any ads at the end of the book, but the last page is date-coded 1121 (November 1921). There was no serialization.

Higgins claims that Cassell paid £750 ($122,000 in 2020 dollars) in advance of publication in book-form.

Doubleday, Page and Company published the first edition in book-form in New York on May 26, 1922. A frontispiece by an unknown artist is the only illustration in the first edition. McKay and Scott both agree on the New York publication date, and claim that 7,500 copies comprise the first printing. There are no ads at the end of the book.

Grosset and Dunlap reprinted this title in America.


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

Below: A copy of the Cassell British first edition with original dust jacket

This is the only photo I could find. This DJ is very rare, and I don't own a copy

Below: The British first edition DJ in facsimile, for illustrative purposes

Below: British first editions

Below: The British first edition title-page

Date-code 11.21 (November 1921) on the bottom of the last page of the British first edition

Printing history acquired from a 1935 printing (edition)

Below: The Doubleday first American edition dust jacket in facsimile, for illustrative purposes.

Below, my copy of the Doubleday first American edition

Below: the Doubleday frontispiece and title-page

Below: an original Cassell reprint DJ circa 1931

Below: an original Cassell reprint DJ circa 1935