London, William Heinemann, 1897 [first edition, second issue].
Octavo, [ii], 304 pages.
Blind-decorated blue cloth, lettered in gilt; spine a little dulled; extremities slightly rubbed and bumped; endpapers foxed and offset; neat ownership details in pencil on the front flyleaf; a very good copy.
The Heinemann first edition was published in September 1897 (a month before the US edition) in two issues, one for the British market (with 1898 on the title page) and one for the colonial market (on wove paper, and with 1897 on the title page). This copy is a curious hybrid issue, for the British market. The number of sheets printed was not sufficient to satisfy demand in Britain, so Heinemann had spare sheets of the colonial issue bound in the blue cloth of the British issue, with a slight variation in the cover design.