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. Faint foxing to top edge of text block, cloth lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine panel, a near fine copy in fine dust jacket. Apparently a remainder copy with "WHS" stamped in ink at lower right corner of front free endpaper and price clipped from front flap of the jacket. (#72975).