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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.
Ditchingham, 11 March, 1898.
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