The London Reprint Edition
|The English edition of the magazine, appearing in December 1890, was reprinted five times in January 1891, in larger buff wrappers (9 3/4 by 6 inches) printed solely in black (no red reverse cut), with 'Lippincott's Monthly Magazine' at the front cover's top and 'Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co., London, New York And Melbourne' at the bottom, now bearing the date line on p. 3, but without any portrait frontispiece and without advertisements except on the inner and back covers.|
This issue was slightly mis-described in and as Stewart 82, but correctly noted and described by the Kipling/ R.L. Stevenson bibliographer W.F. Prideaux in Notes And Queries for February 1, 1902.
In his 1944 book, Coulson Kernahan writes that over 100,000 copies were sold in all. Some issues of the English magazine edition are known rebound in black cloth by Mudie's, the circulating library.
| The Mudie's issues lack the advertisements, and the frontispiece is relocated to precede and face the magazine title page instead of the first text page. |
Collectors also occasionally find the very first issue, from December 1890, rebound without the paper magazine covers in cloth or leather boards, demonstrating that some readers were not content to wait for the later publisher's hardbound issue--which when it appeared came out in the fifteen-chapter sad ending!).