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The second American serial rights were handled by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate; the story was serialized during the summer of 1902 in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Pittsburgh Gazette, Philadelphia Sunday Press, Sunny South (Sunday magazine of the Atlanta Constitution), Omaha Sunday World Herald, St Louis Republic Magazine, Boston Sunday Post, New York American and Journal, and the Indianapolis News.
The first book edition was published by George Newnes on 25 Mar. 1902 (i.e. before the final instalment in the Strand), in an edition of 25,000 copies (a Colonial issue was published by Longman's, Green & Co., in their Colonial Library on 2 Apr. 1902) The first American edition was published by McClure, Phillips & Co. on 15 Apr. 1902.
The original MS was sent to the USA for use in S. S. McClure's publicity campaign: individual pages were placed with appropriate salespoint entrepreneurs, so that only a few are known to have survived, often in poor condition as a result of the acid-content of the paper. Fifty thousand copies of the first US edition were sold within ten days, another twenty thousand by June; the American issue of the Strand increased its circulation during the preceding