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The Prisoner of Zenda

Anthony Hope [Hawkins]

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

Year: [1917]

Format: 16mo

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

Internal illustrations:none

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.

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Image of signature

Signature of author, not on book (click to enlarge)