FULL TITLE: A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH (2nd American edition)
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Language English (original French)
Written by Jules Verne
Published by Henry L Shepard & Co, Boston, 1874
Illustrated by Edouard Riou
This is the 2nd American edition of The Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, published by Henry L. Shepard & Co in 1874.
This edition was intended as a cheaper of version of Verne’s second book, published in order to compete with the 1873 1st American edition by Scribner Armstrong. The lesser quality of the book can be seen in the offsetting of the sheets, broken type, limited number of illustrations, cloth binding, and more lax attention to detail. However, it remains a magical 2nd American edition of this iconic Jules Verne story, with 15 full-page illustrations by Riou, and a beautiful title page decorated with a vignette for an additional illustration.
Brown pictorial cloth hardcover binding showing the explorers aboard their raft. Gilt cover still brilliant and lustrous, with spine decorations all intact. Spine decoration shows explorers journeying with two lanterns. Brown end-papers with tissue guard for frontispiece still clean and securely attached.
CONDITION: Very good condition; an excellent example of this rare 2nd American edition of Jules Verne's second book; both boards completely attached, with both seams secure; gilt ornamentation on front cover completely intact & unblemished, likewise the gilt title decorations of the spine are perfectly intact with only slight fading; frontispiece tissue-guard clean and undamaged; all of the illustrations by Riou are present & undamaged; the text is also complete & meets collation; front free fly-leaf has a torn segment & thereby shows the only significant damage; corners of front and back boards show minor bumping, and the edges of the boards have only minimal wear & scuffing; occasional internal age-spotting; tiny fraying of last few leaves of the book; otherwise complete and securely intact, without any loose pages, rips, foxing, creases or folds.
BOOK MEASUREMENTS: 19.5 cm X 14 cm
Total Length: 294 pages