Trail of the Serpent by M. E. Braddon (Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904)

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Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904

 

The Trail of the Serpent

M. E. [Mary Elizabeth] Braddon
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, [reprint] circa 1904

Braddon’s debut novel originally published 1860 in twenty-seven weekly parts by C. R. Empson under the title ‘Three Times Dead’. Subsequently revised and published 1861 by Ward & Lock under the title ‘The Trail of the Serpent’, with reprints from various publishers since then. This copy a later reprint circa 1904 (dated from the list of her previous works).

Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904

Hardback – publisher’s decorated cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board; page-block with top edge gilt. pp [2], 320, [1] colophon. 7.75 x 5.25 inches approx. (195mm x 133mm).

Cloth marked and stained in places; rubbed and worn to extremities; spine ends and corner tips turned-in. Pages dusty and marked in places, some occasional foxing, but generally clean; previous owner inscription in ink to half-title page; dusty and marked to edges of page-block; some corner creasing.

Overall, showing some wear but remains a reasonably nice copy – uncommon.

£65.00

ref. The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon by Jennifer Carnell (The Sensation Press, 2000)

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Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904Trail of the Serpent | M. E. Braddon | Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, circa 1904