JULES VERNE: INVENTOR OF SCIENCE FICTION. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-14] 15-239 [240-244: blank] [note: first three an last two leaves are blanks], illustrations, cloth-backed boards. First U.S. edition. This biography includes details of Verne's life not enlarged upon by Jean Jules-Verne. There are numerous plot summaries of use to readers not fully acquainted with Verne's writings (especially those not translated or poorly translated into English). "...the best extant biography..." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 9-119. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#72973).