Author: Henry Rider Haggard


My dear Mother,

I have for a long while hoped to be allowed to dedicate some book
of mine to you, and now I bring you this work, because whatever
its shortcomings, and whatever judgment may be passed upon it by
yourself and others, it is yet the one I should wish you to

I trust that you will receive from my romance of "Cleopatra" some
such pleasure as lightened the labour of its building up; and that
it may convey to your mind a picture, however imperfect, of the
old and mysterious Egypt in whose lost glories you are so deeply

Your affectionate and dutiful Son, H. Rider Haggard.

January 21, 1889.


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Chicago: Henry Rider Haggard, "Dedication," Cleopatra, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Evans, Sebastian in Cleopatra Original Sources, accessed May 20, 2024,

MLA: Haggard, Henry Rider. "Dedication." Cleopatra, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Evans, Sebastian, in Cleopatra, Original Sources. 20 May. 2024.

Harvard: Haggard, HR, 'Dedication' in Cleopatra, ed. and trans. . cited in , Cleopatra. Original Sources, retrieved 20 May 2024, from