The true first edition was published in London by William Heinemann in 1903.
Below is the first American edition published by Harper and Brothers in 1904. The first American edition states "Published February, 1904" on the copyright page. The story is about an archaelogist's plot to revive an ancient Egyptian mummy. Like the British edition, the first American edition has the original ending and Chapter XVI. Chapter XVI was deleted in later editions and the ending was changed to a happy ending where the archaelogist's girlfriend and companions did not die. It is unclear whether Stoker himself made the changes.
This is the first American edition.
This is the title page from the first American edition.
This is the copyright page from the first American edition.
Chapter XVI was deleted from later editions of The Jewel of Seven Stars.
Both the British and American first editions of The Jewel of Seven Stars have the original ending where the narrator's companions are killed. The narrator describes the discovery of his dead girlfriend on page 310 - "Margaret had put her hands before her face, but the glassy stare of her eyes through her fingers was more terrible than an open glare."
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