AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS ... Translated by Geo. M. Towle. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, late Ticknor and Fields, and Fields, Osgood, and Co., 1873. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [ix-xi] xii-xvi  2-315 [316: blank], fly leaves at front and rear, 54 inserted plates with illustrations by A. de Neuville and L. Benett, plus one small illustration by Benett in the text and an integral full-page sketch of the "Saint Michael" [sic, i.e. Michel] drawn by Verne, original pictorial bevel-edged green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and black, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers, all edges plain. First fully illustrated U.S. edition. A translation of LE TOUR DU MONDE EN QUATRE-VINGTS JOURS (1873), Verne's most popular novel. In the summer of 1873 Osgood published their first edition, THE TOUR OF THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, in a small pocket-sized format with a single illustration (Verne's sketch of his yacht, the "Saint Michel"). The first fully illustrated English-language edition was published in London by Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle in November 1873. In November or December 1873 Osgood published their second edition of the novel which was printed in London by Gilbert and Rivington from the plates of the British Sampson Low's 1873 edition. The Sampson Low and Osgood editions were reprinted with title pages dated 1874. The 1873 printings are very scarce. The book "seems to have had production problems that caused the spine to crack and chip when the book was read; consequently no 1873 copies have been seen in better than good condition." - Arthur B. Edwards, "Collecting Jules Verne," Firsts, VI: 7-8 [July-August 1996], p. 42. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-154 and (1981) 1-165. Clareson, Science-Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 762. Reginald 14648. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Myers 54. Taves and Michaluk V011. An early copy with "Christmas 1873" gift inscription in pencil on recto of front flyleaf and owner's signature, also dated "Christmas 1873," on same. Binding slightly leaned, cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, a bright, tight very good copy. A superior copy of this book and rare in this condition. (#96607).
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