(#173590) THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT. Jules Verne.

THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT. London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row, n.d. [1875]. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-viii [9] 10-179 [180: decorative cut] + 2 undated publisher's catalogue, 12 and 16 pages respectively, inserted at rear, publisher's pictorial brown cloth, stamped in black, gold and blind, edges plain, cream endpapers. First British edition, first or early printing. Translation of the first part of LES ENFANTS DU CAPITAINE GRANT ... (1867-1868). The first edition in English was published in June 1873 by Lippincott as A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD. IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS: A ROMANTIC NARRATIVE OF THE LOSS OF CAPTAIN GRANT OF THE BRIG BRITANNIA AND OF THE ADVENTURES OF HIS CHILDREN AND FRIENDS IN HIS DISCOVERY AND RESCUE .... This adventure story, featuring Paganel, the prototype of the absent-minded professor and one of Verne's most successful creations, is one of the few novels by Verne not published by Sampson Low. It was first published in England by Ward, Lock, and Tyler in 1875-1876 in three volumes THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT, ON THE TRACK and AMONG THE CANNIBALS. The Ward, Lock, and Tyler edition of THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT was published 25 December 1875 in both paperbound and clothbound issues as number 5 of their "Youth's Library of Wonders and Adventures." This clothbound copy is number 5 of their "Jules Verne Library." ON THE TRACK and AMONG THE CANNIBALS were published in February and March 1876 as numbers 6 and 7 of "The Jules Verne Library." Neither of these books are listed in the publisher's advertisement of this series on page [ii] of THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT, nor is this title or the series found in the book catalogues which are largely devoted to Beeton's books for family reading and reference. The Ward, Lock, and Tyler edition preceded the 1876 Routledge edition published as A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD: SOUTH AMERICA. Taves and Michaluk V005. Not in Myers. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 II, p. 152. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Cloth lightly rubbed, a bright, clean, nearly fine copy. Exceedingly scarce. (#173590).

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