Cover of 1st edition
|Author||H. Rider Haggard|
|Publisher||Cassell & Company|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Pages||vi, 334 pages|
The novel was first published in serial form in Cassell's Magazine in the December 1905 through May 1906 issues; the first hardcover edition followed from Cassell & Company, London, 7 September 1906. Cassell reissued the title in 1920 and 1926. Subsequent British editions were published by Chariot Books in 1952 and Macdonald & Co. in 1965. An ebook edition was issued by Project Gutenberg in March 2006.
The first U.S. edition was published by Longmans, Green and Co. in 1906 under the alternate title The Spirit of Bambatse, A Romance, which was Haggard's preferred title and was used for most later American editions. The significance of the collection was recognized by its republication (also as The Spirit of Bambatse) by the Newcastle Publishing Company as the twenty-second volume of the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library series in October, 1979. The Newcastle edition was reissued by Wildside Press in February 2001.
In an adventure mingling romance and the supernatural, the clairvoyant heroine Benita assists in a hunt for a lost Portuguese treasure buried in the Transvaal.
- "RIDER HAGGARD'S LATEST". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 8 September 1906. p. 9. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse" at [visualhaggard.org].
- Benita: An African Romance title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The Spirit of Bambatse title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database