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VERNE, Jules.

Around the World in Eighty Days....

Translated by Geo. M. Towle.

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Published: London Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873

Stock Code: 108972

£7,500
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Notes

First illustrated edition in English, and the first UK edition, rare first issue with the title page dated 1873. This Sampson Low edition was published in November 1873, but the overwhelming majority of copies have the title dated 1874, in line with usual contemporary practice for books published for the Christmas market. The binding was issued in a number of variant colours: blue, green, red, and purple.
The novel was first published in French in 1873 as Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingt jour, from which James R. Osgood of Boston published an unillustrated translation in July 1873, under the title The Tour of the World in Eighty Days. The translator George Makepeace Towle (1841-1893) was an American lawyer and politician. "In an unusual twist, this American translation crossed the Atlantic for use by Sampson Low in England" (Taves and Michaluk).

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover blocked in black and gold, bevelled boards, buff endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 54 plates. 48pp publisher's catalogue at end, dated October 1873.

Condition

Contemporary gift inscription from the British antiquary and poet Thomas Francis Dillon Croker FSA FRGS (1831-1912), "With affectionate regards from T. F. Dillon Croker to Josephine Emily Bolton, Christmas 1873" on the front free endpaper verso. Spine slightly darkened, extremities rubbed, two short nicks at head of spine, a little scattered foxing, but an excellent copy.

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