MERIDIANA; THE ADVENTURES OF THREE ENGLISHMEN AND THREE RUSSIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 654 Broadway, 1874. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-iii] iv-v [vi-vii] viii  2-232 [233-234: ads] [note: first leaf is a blank], fly leaves at front and rear, 48 illustrations by J. Ferat, original pictorial terra cotta cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First authorized U.S. edition, first printing. This Scribner, Armstrong edition (the first printing, which advertises only two titles, A JOURNEY TO THE MOON and A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, on the verso of the title leaf and on the recto and verso of the leaf of ads at rear) was issued the same day the unauthorized edition of MERIDIANA was published in Boston by Henry L. Shepard & Co. as ADVENTURES IN THE LAND OF THE BEHEMOTH. Prior to publishing this edition, Scribner, Welford, & Armstrong imported sheets of the British 1872 Sampson Low edition [title page dated 1873] printed by Gilbert and Rivington and bound in England by Burn & Co. with a cancel title leaf mounted on a stub (this issue was perhaps prepared quickly to precede or compete with the Shepard's unauthorized edition). Myers 39. Taves and Michaluk V009. Cloth lightly worn and frayed at spine ends, some rubbing to cloth along bottom edges, top edge of text block a bit dusty, a very good copy with bright stamping and tight, clean interior. (#135557).
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