THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. THE MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE ... Translated from the French by W. H. G. Kingston. COMPLETE IN THREE PARTS. I. DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS. II. ABANDONED. III. THE SECRET OF THE ISLAND. New York: Scribner, Armstrong, & Co., 743-745 Broadway, 1876. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-x [xi] xii-xiv [xv] xvi-xviii [xix] xx [xxi] xxii [xxii] xxiv [1-2]  2-310 [1-2]  2-304 [1-2]  2-299 [300: blank] [301-304: ads], fly leaves at front and rear, 149 full page illustrations by J. Ferat (integral to text leaves, not inserted plates, but not reckoned in the pagination), original pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First combined edition. An authorized edition of DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS, the first part of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, was first published in book form in the Fall of 1874 by Scribner, Armstrong as THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND ... WRECKED IN THE AIR to compete with a pirated edition published at or about the same time by Henry L. Shepard as THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. PART FIRST, SHIPWRECKED IN THE AIR. In September 1875 Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle published THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND in three volumes subtitled DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS, ABANDONED and THE SECRET OF THE ISLAND. In November 1875 Scribner, Armstrong brought out their uniform three-volume edition which was printed in Boston using Sampson Low plates. Sometime before 31 March 1876 Scribner, Armstrong published their combined edition which sold for $3.00, half the cost of the three-volume set. Three other combined editions of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, all unauthorized, were published in 1876: a 650-page edition with 24 illustrations produced by Donnelly, Loyd and Company of Chicago; an abridged translation by Hawley Lee which had been serialized in AMERICAN HOMES was published by "Household Words" Publishing Company of Boston; and an abridged translation by Stephen W. White which had been published in THE EVENING TELEGRAPH was published in book form by the newspaper as a 25¢ paperback. The priority of these 1876 combined editions has not been established, but this Scribner, Armstrong edition is the more elaborate and least common of the four. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2234. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 767. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 19. Bleiler (1978), p. 199. Reginald 14634. Myers 42 ("a very rare edition!"). Taves and Michaluk V013. Cloth lightly worn at corner tips, a tight, clean, near fine copy. A bright, attractive, superior copy of this book. (#111184).
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