THREE TIMES DEAD; OR, THE SECRET OF THE HEATH (1860)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
RENAMED AND REPUBLISHED AS
THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT (1861)
The publication history of the novel
By
Jennifer Carnell

The title page of the first edition of Three Times Dead shows Braddon's name as M. E. Braddon. The novel was published in 27 weekly parts in 1860 by C. R. Empson of Tollgavel in Beverley, Yorkshire. The London distributor was W. M. Clark.

The first page of the first instalment of Three Times Dead. The above copy belonged to Thomas's Coffee House, 255 Strand, London, and was presumably read by customers as they consumed their refreshments.

An illustration from a later weekly penny part of the novel, 'Blind Peter'.

Chapter XXXIV of Three Times Dead; or, The Trail of the Serpent
The serialised reprint published in the Halfpenny Journal in 1864 and 1865.

Mr. Peters the Detective Watches a Suspect.
An illustration from the 1864-1865 serial.

Soon after its barely noticed publication as a serial, Three Times Dead was published anew, with changes to the text, under the title it is now best known as. Above is a reprint of the second title, The Trail of the Serpent, published by Ward, Lock, & Tyler in 1866.

"He sees that the young and beautiful girl is prepared to give him battle." p.146.
Frontis illustration to the 1866 edition by F. Evans.

" 'I wish he'd move,' said Kuppins." p.120.
Title page illustration for the 1866 edition.

Yellowback edition published by Ward, Lock, & Tyler, circa 1875.

Paperback edition published by Newnes, circa 1908.

Reprint of The Trail of the Serpent published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., circa 1910.

Read about The Trail of the Serpent as an important early detective novel in:
The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon by Jennifer Carnell


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