The Works of Jules Verne.
Item Number: 18098
New York and London: Vincent Parke and Company, 1911.
Complete Set of the Works of Jules Verne. Octavo, 15 volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt signature of Verne to each volume to the front panel, gilt lines to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Title pages printed in red and white. Frontispieces, illustrated, hand-colored limitation leaf to volume 1, lettered tissue guards. Limited edition, one of 350 numbered copies. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Jules Verne is considered by many to be the father of science fiction, with a prodigious oeuvre of novels and short fiction. This edition of his works includes Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mysterious Island, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Also includes the first edition in English of Verne's later novel, The Master of the World, preceding the first separate English and American editions of 1914. Edited and with introductions by American scholar Charles F. Horne. Many of the works appear under title variants as found in Taves & Michaluk (95-102).
"THE SEA IS ONLY THE EMBODIMENT OF A SUPERNATURAL AND WONDERFUL EXISTENCE": RARE FIRST EDITION IN THE BLUE CLOTH OF JULES VERNE’S CLASSIC ADVENTURE, TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1873.
First American edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. With “The End” printed on page 303, illustrated with 109 plates, including two maps, with jellyfish on the front board, and the incorrect use of the word “Sea” in the title on front board. Although the reason for the scarcity is unknown, it is speculated that most of the Osgood copies were destroyed in the Great Boston Fire. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.