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VERNE, Jules.

Five Weeks In A Balloon;

or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869 Stock Code: 137272
£3,250.00
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His first appearance in English

First edition in English, first printing, of this African balloon adventure, which marked Verne's first English-language book publication. Verne's highly successful "fantastical tale meshes together aspects of early science fiction with a highly individualised mode of colonial discourse" (McLaughlan, p. 109). The work was originally published in Paris by Hetzel in 1863; the present edition was translated anonymously and published under the pseudonym of William Lackland. It was issued in four different cloth colours: red, blue, green and brown, with no priority noted.

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Description

Octavo. Original brown cloth, title and balloon motif to spine and front board gilt, coated yellow endpapers. With the publisher's advertisements to the rear.

Illustrations

Frontispiece with tissue guard and 5 plates.

Condition

Spine slightly faded, spine ends slightly frayed, a little wear to one tip, a little worming to rear joint, slight foxing to a couple of pages but otherwise clean. A very good copy, found usually in parlous state.

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