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    The author ventures to take this opportunity to thank his readers
    for the kind reception they have accorded to the successive
    editions of this tale during the last twelve years. He hopes that
    in its present form it will fall into the hands of an even wider
    public, and that in years to come it may continue to afford
    amusement to those who are still young enough at heart to love a
    story of treasure, war, and wild adventure.

    11 March, 1898.

Post Scriptum

    Now, in 1907, on the occasion of the issue of this edition, I can
    only add how glad I am that my romance should continue to please
    so many readers. Imagination has been verified by fact; the King
    Solomon's Mines I dreamed of have been discovered, and are putting
    out their gold once more, and, according to the latest reports,
    their diamonds also; the Kukuanas or, rather, the Matabele, have
    been tamed by the white man's bullets, but still there seem to be
    many who find pleasure in these simple pages. That they may
    continue so to do, even to the third and fourth generation, or
    perhaps longer still, would, I am sure, be the hope of our old and
    departed friend, Allan Quatermain.

H. Rider Haggard.
Ditchingham, 1907.


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This faithful but unpretending record
of a remarkable adventure
is hereby respectfully dedicated
by the narrator,

Allan Quatermain,

to all the big and little boys
who read it.

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