"Till Death, and After" in THE HOUR-GLASS. G. A. Henty.

"Till Death, and After" in THE HOUR-GLASS.

[a Henty tale's only appearance] An Illustrated Monthly Magazine. London: A.G. Dawson, (November) 1887. Bound with the ten preceding issues into the publisher's original orange cloth decorated in terra-cotta and lettered in gilt.

This is, according to Newbolt, the first and ONLY appearance in print of this short story by Henty -- seven double-column pages leading off the November 1887 issue of the monthly magazine THE HOUR-GLASS. It is the tale of two English men stationed in India, both in love with the same woman.~As is often the case with a periodical's monthly issues bound up into annual (or semi-annual) volumes, this volume has atypical contents; this is because subscribers could arrange the binding-up on their own. With THE HOUR-GLASS, it was intended that nine monthly issues would create a "volume": thus the issues of January through September 1887 are "Vol I, No. 1" through "Vol I, No. 9". This volume, however, contains the next two issues as well -- October ("Vol II, No. 10") and November ("Vol II, No. 11"), with pagination starting over at the beginning of No. 10. Perhaps because these last two months are not supposed to be included, this volume does not have a bound-in title leaf (which would have referred to nine issues only -- as is true of the "Index to Volume I" leaf, which IS bound in). Likewise the binding refers to "Vol. I" and the date 1887.~This volume is in very good-plus, perhaps near-fine condition. The original orange cloth remains bright and relatively free of soil or wear. The inner hinges (endpapers) have deft repair with a strip of near-matching paper. Copies of THE HOUR-GLASS are very scarce; we are not aware that it lasted much longer than this initial year (in which case the November issue would not have had an actual "Volume II" in which to be bound up -- adding to its scarcity). Newbolt 213 (where "Till Death, and After" is properly listed as appearing in Volume II, issue No. 11, November 1887); also see Newbolt (2nd Edition) p. 554, where this short story is listed as appearing in THE HOUR-GLASS and nowhere else. Item #13810

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