The Prisoner of Zenda, sub-titled
three months in the life of an English gentleman, is an adventure story by Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins (1863-1933). It was set in the fictional European country of
Ruritania, which is now used as a placeholder term for a minor country. The novel was first published in 1894 by J.W. Arrowsmith, but a copy at Kings College, Cambridge (according to Jisc), is dated 1890. I suspect that's wrong. Hawkins was knighted in 1918 for helping to write propaganda during World War 1.
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: NEL-17.2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons
Series: Nelson's 1/6 Novels
Pages: ii, 3-280, 8 pp adverts
Binding: Red cloth decorated in black with vertical black lines on front cover making 3 panels and small square in centre with initials TN. Title, author, TN logo and publisher at base of spine (later issue).
Size: 163 x 114 mm
Dust jacket signed: Blampied, lower margine centre
Price: 1 shilling and 6 pence
Printing history: none stated; dust jacket is later issue
Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers
Notes: The dust jacket shown here was issued on a reprint in 1923, according to the adverts on the back. It may have been re-issued to coincide with a silent film.
Dust jacket (click to enlarge)
Signature of author, not on book (click to enlarge)