1873 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
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First Edition, Illustrated
Illustrated, with a frontispiece and 109 plates. Collated, complete.
This is the true first edition in English, which has priority over the American edition of the same year. In fact, Sampson and Low published this edition in November 1872, although the imprint reads 1873. The first American edition was issued using the same Sampson Low plates.
In a very smart half cloth binding, with marbled paper boards.
With eight pages of adverts dated 1872-1873 to the rear as called for.
Former owner has excised the publisher's imprint to the verso of half-title in pen. The endpapers to this copy have been renewed. Pencil note to page 90 'these do not grow so deep' regarding 'pavonari'. To page 115 there is a pencil correction to 'lentil' with 'lens' written to the margin correcting: 'and provided with a lentil, he lighted a fire'.
20,000 leagues under the sea is a work of classic science fiction and adventure. It was first serialized in the French periodical the 'Magasin d'education et de recreation'. Following this a deluxe octavo edition was published by Hetzel in November 1871 with 111 illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Edouard Riou.
In a modern contemporary half cloth binding with paper covered boards. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Occasional scattered spots to pages, heavier to the first and last few pages.
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