London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909. Original light green cloth with front cover pictorial onlay, with fabric printed dust jacket.
First Edition of this historical romance taking place during the reign of Henry VIII -- in the year 1536, amid the dissolution of the monasteries; Cromwell and even Henry VIII himself make cameo appearances. Though not mentioned on the title page, there are five color plates by Walter Paget, one of which is also applied onto the front cover. Haggard had actually written (dictated) this novel in 1907, but it was not published until 15 December 1909; there was no contemporary American edition of this title.
This copy is in near-fine condition (very slightly rubbed at some corners, the occasional spot of foxing). Scott 52; McKay 45; Whatmore F34; Allen 32.
This is a presentation copy inscribed by Haggard, reading on the half-title "To Mrs Pitt | from H. Rider Haggard | Ditchingham | Xmas, 1909". Mrs Sarah Pitt was a writer of novels meant for children, or at least young adults; she had been quite popular during the years 1881-1900, which were also Haggard's best years. Item #14476