Tuesday, January 31, 2012

King Solomon's Mines

One of the upcoming titles from Book Palace Books is Adventure Stories of H. Rider Haggard, a collection of three of Haggard's most famous tales. One of the three tales that we have yet to feature here is C. L. Doughty's "King Solomon's Mines".

Doughty has just been the subject of a new book, Pages from History, which will shortly be available to buy directly from The Book Palace. Whilst this concentrates on Doughty's historical illustrations and strips, "King Solomon's Mines" is a superb example of one of his later literary adaptations. A follower in the footsteps of the classic adventure illustrators like H. M. Brock, Doughty proved himself a worthy successor when he became one of the chief adaptors of classic novels for Look and Learn in the 1970s.

The strip has been scanned from original artwork and the lettering restored for this reprint and, as a tease, here is the opening episode of the 32-page adaptation, one of the best adaptations of the story I have seen.

(* artwork © Look and Learn Ltd.)


  1. I'm disappointed in how you guys neglect this blog.

    I for one have purchased your recent books like Wulf and Don Lawrence Westerns, and am very interested in what you have in store for 2012. Is it to much to ask that you give us more details about your upcoming books?...


    - The Art of Patrick Nicolle
    - The Lost Art of Don Lawrence
    - Cecil Doughty's Adventure Strips

    And above all...


  2. Hi Tony,

    The blog will shift up a gear once more books are scheduled. The problem is one that faces all small presses: limited human resources. The Book Palace Books crew are dedicated to putting out books we are proud to have on our own shelves, and that takes time. Focus can occasionally move from one project to another as material becomes available.

    We also have that pesky problem of having to make a living, too.

    Some of the books you mention are from Bear Alley Books and the title listed as "Cecil Doughty's Adventure Strips" is already out: Pages from History was published last month and you can find copies available here. The Nicolle book is one that I hope we can get to shortly.

  3. Are you going to solicit all those new books through Diamond's Previews catalog, like you have been doing with most of the books here to the right of this blog--------------------->>>>>?

    Have you ever thought about soliciting the STORM and TRIGAN EMPIRE books through that channel?

  4. Hi Tony,

    Sorry - it's not a question I can answer. I was hoping that Geoff would step in. My guess - purely a guess - is that if the Diamond route has worked in the past, it will be used again.