FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON; OR, JOURNEYS AND DISCOVERIES IN AFRICA BY THREE ENGLISHMEN. Compiled in French by Jules Verne, from the Original Notes of Dr. Ferguson; and Done into English by "William Lackland."

Verne, Jules

Edité par James R. Osgood and Company, late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston, 1873
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Éditeur : James R. Osgood and Company, late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston

Date d'édition : 1873

Reliure : Hardcover

Edition : 1st Edition

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12mo, pp. [1-2] [1-3] 4-8 [8a-8b] [9] 10-345 [346-348: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], 48 illustrations by Riou reproduced by Heliotype on twelve inserted plates, each with tissue guard, original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and black, rear panel stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers. First printing of the second U.S. edition. Verne's first book, first published in Paris by Hetzel in 1863 as CINQ SEMAINES EN BALLOON: VOYAGES DE DECOUVERTES EN AFRIQUE. ".the first of Verne's voyages extraordinaires, this tale established the conventions which he employed throughout his fiction." - Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 764. Osgood's edition, first published in 1873, was preceded by Appleton's 1869 edition. In contrast to Appleton's more modest edition with six inserted plates, the Osgood edition featured an elaborately stamped pictorial binding and 48 stunning illustrations by Riou reproduced by the Heliotype process on twelve inserted plates. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-148 and (1981) 1-160. Bleiler (1948), p. 24. Reginald 14618. Myers 20. Taves and Michaluk V001. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, hairline crack along inner rear hinge, but a tight, near fine copy with bright cover stamping. The most fully illustrated early American edition of this seminal novel and perhaps the most beautiful of the English-language editions of Verne's books. All three printings (the second and third dated 1874 and 1875 respectively) of this edition are uncommon, especially in this condition. (#96589). N° de réf. du libraire 96589

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