A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 654 Broadway, n.d. . 12mo, pp. [1-6] 1-305 [306: blank] [307-316: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, 20 illustrations by Riou, original decorated green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First printing of Scribner, Armstrong's "popular" edition. This undated 305-page edition with 20 full-page illustrations was preceded by a 384-page Scribner, Armstrong edition with 52 full-page illustrations, printed from the plates of the British 1872 Sampson Low edition. Although its title page is dated 1874, the Scribner, Armstrong edition was published 8 November 1873 at $2.00 per copy. Scribner, Armstrong's "popular" edition was published in June 1874 at 75¢ to undermine sales of the unauthorized edition published in Boston in 1874 by the Henry L. Shepard & Co. The "popular" edition may have been published simultaneously with Scribner, Armstrong's more lavish 413-page "complete" edition, which sold for $3.00. The "popular" edition advertises three Verne books published by Scribner, Armstrong, MERIDIANA, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, and A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH (offered here in both "popular" and "complete" editions). Verne's second novel, a translation of VOYAGE AU CENTRE DE LA TERRE (1864). Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-94 and (2004) II-1182. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 47. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2228. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 766. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1102-05. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 16. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 199. Reginald 14630. Myers 35. Taves and Michaluk V002. Cloth rubbed at edges and lightly soiled, else a clean, tight, very good or better copy. (#135416).
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