She: A History of Adventure

She: A History of Adventure

Haggard, H. Rider

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Place Published: New York and Chicago
Publisher: J. S. Ogilvie & Company
Date Published: 1887
Edition: First edition thus
Binding: Wrappers
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 00002858


A Very Good copy of the second American Edition, published in the same month as the British first edition (modest wear, rather small chip at each spine end, pages toned as expected); translated into 40 or more different languages and one of the best-selling books of all time, the book is considered by many to be Haggard's most influential work. The novel's immense popularity may have surprised Haggard. In a letter he sent enclosing a copy of the book, Haggard wrote, in part: "It is a humble attempt to deal with the probable effect of immortality informing the substance of the mortal, not an easy subject. I fear that the atmosphere of doom + terror necessarily surrounding such a subject may prevent the book from being as popular as K. S. Mines with the general as distinguished from the cultivated public. Myself however, I think that 'She' is worth 20 K. S. Mines, certainly it has cost me nearly twenty times as much thought + labour." The book's title comes from a rag doll (of which Haggard, as a child, was deathly afraid) called "She-who-must-be-obeyed" which a nurse in charge of the Rider children would bring out to scare Haggard into obedience. First published as a series in the "Graphic" magazine from October 1886 and January 1887, the book itself was published in America by Harper & Brothers on December 24, 1886, with Harper barely beating Ogilvie (who published this issue in January, 1887) to the punch. (Longmans published the first British edition on January 1, 1887.) Both the Harper first edition and this Ogilvie edition published quite shortly thereafter are extremely scarce.

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