The Courier of the Czar. Translated by W. H. G. Kingston. With Numerous Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1877. 24 pp ads dated Oct 1876. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt.
First British Edition of this historical tale of adventure taking place during a Siberian revolt. The first publication in English, in October 1876, was in a wrappered American edition by Frank Leslie; this U. K. edition, profusely illustrated and in a handsome pictorial binding, came out two months later (in December 1876, despite the 1877 date on the title page). It is noteworthy that MICHAEL STROGOFF is listed in this October ad catalogue -- though that does not mean that the book had necessarily been published by then.~The binding of this copy is one of two variants (priority unknown): both have the same front cover and spine pictorial panels, but the front cover of this copy includes "Jules Verne" but not "The Courier of the Czar" (while some copies show the opposite), and the spine has a variant gilt panel behind the title. The publisher's monogram blindstamp on the rear cover is also in a different style than on some copies.~This is a near-fine copy, with minor rubbing at the extremities but overall with very little wear or soil; atypically for this hefty volume, the delicate original pale yellow endpapers are not cracked. This first British edition is quite uncommon, and does not seem to turn up in any better condition. Taves & Michaluk V015; Edwards 15. Item #10515