London: Macmillan and Co., 1901. First edition. A story of intrigue set against the backdrop of the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia after the Second Afghan War. Notable for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India. Ranked no. 78 on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. 8vo gilt-stamped red cloth boards; top edge gilt. Endpapers and frontis tissue lightly foxed and covers show barest edge rubbing otherwise bright, clean and near fine lacking the scarce dust jacket. Housed in custom red cloth chemise and matching slipcase with red-leather spine stamped in gilt.