London: William Heinemann, 1898. First edition. First state of publisher's catalog (16 pages, dated Autumn 1897). Basis for several films and the memorable 1938 radio program said to have caused panic among some listeners. 8vo gray cloth boards stamped in black; 303 pages plus catalog; pages untrimmed. Armorial bookplate of Julia Hazlehurst of Halton Grange laid in. Foxing to inner hinges and endpaper edges, small scratch near upper rear corner, otherwise remarkable bright and near fine.