Cleopatra was serialized by The Illustrated London News from January to June 1889. The serial included 29 illustrations by R. Caton Woodville and 33 decorative initials by Edward Whymper (signed E.W.). Longmans, Green, and Co., London, published the first edition on 24 June 1889. This edition featured 29 full-page illustrations: 18 by Maurice Greiffenhagen, and 11 by R. Caton Woodville. 25,000 copies issued, including 57 copies printed in large format on fine art paper with mounted illustrations.
The “List of Illustrations” from the 1894 and 1927 Longmans, London, as well as the 1889 William Bryce, Toronto, editions provide an exceptional amount of detail about Cleopatra’s illustrations, explaining that Edward Whymper, J. D. Cooper, and B. Lloyd executed the wood engravings and Walker & Boutall created the process blocks.
Whatmore claims George Munro, New York, published the first US edition of Cleopatra, although there is some contention that the 1889 Harper, New York, authorized edition, was first. However, the Munro and Harper editions were likely preceded by pirated editions. Tauchnitz of Leipzig published a copyright edition in 1889. Bryce of Toronto, Canada, published the first Canadian edition in 1890. In 1946 the Spanish publishing company Bruguera, Barcelona, published a translated edition titled Confesion. Macdonald & Co., London, published an edition of Cleopatra illustrated by Hookway Cowles in 1958.
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