FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON: PASSAGE DIRECT IN 97 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES. From the French of Jules Verne. Translated by J. K. Hoyt. Newark, N. J. The Newark Printing and Publishing Company, 1869. Large octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-84, printed in double columns, inserted frontispiece, original green wrappers printed in black. First edition in English. Verne's third book, DE LA TERRE Á LA LUNE: TRAJET DIRECT EN 97 HEURES (1865), was first published in book form in English as FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON: PASSAGE DIRECT IN 97 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES ... by the Newark Printing and Publishing Co. in the latter half of 1869 as a paperbound book following its publication in seventeen installments over a two-month period commencing June 10th in the NEWARK DAILY AND WEEKLY JOURNAL OF NEW JERSEY. This edition of FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON was the second book by Verne to be published in English, preceded only by the D. Appleton and Company edition of FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON, published in New York 13 March 1869. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-93 and (2004) II-1180. Taves and Michaluk V003. Myers 26 ("This will probably rank for all time as the most rare of all Verne editions!"). 30 mm chip from lower spine end and 15 mm chip from upper spine end, tiny chips from front corner tips, 10x10 mm v-chip from back wrapper at spine fold, several stains and some soiling to wrappers, a very good copy, internally clean and tight. A legendary rarity, the Library of Congress holding one of the several known copies, another was found by us a few years ago and sold to a private buyer. This is the Larry Solomon copy which he purchased from J & S Graphics sometime in the 1970s. (#154553).
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