My dear Mother,
I have for a long while hoped to be allowed to dedicate some book of
mine to you, and now I bring you this work, because whatever its short-
comings, and whatever judgment may be passed upon it by yourself and
others, it is yet the one I should wish you to accept.
I trust that you will receive from my romance of "Cleopatra" some
such pleasure as lightened the labour of its building up; and that it may
convey to your mind a picture, however imperfect, of the old and mys-
terious Egypt in whose lost glories you are so deeply interested.
Your affectionate and dutiful Son, H. Rider Haggard.
January 21, 1889.