Translated from the French. New York: Scribner, Armstrong, & Co., 1874. 8 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled.
First American Edition, published in September 1874 -- the same month as Sampson Low's British edition. This volume consists of two separate tales. The first is a fictionalized narrative of Verne's 1867 passage from Liverpool to New York aboard "The Great Eastern," the largest iron ship ever built and one of the wonders of its age. Her length was 692 feet, her beam was 120, her paddlewheels and propeller were larger than anything the ocean had ever seen, and she was designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary. Because of her size, "The Great Eastern" was the only ship capable of laying the great Atlantic Cable. The second tale is fictional, more in Verne's usual style: a Glasgow shipowner devises an adventurous plan to run the Union blockade of southern ports during the Civil War, in order to bring a load of cotton back to his city's 25,000 idle looms.~This is an unusually bright copy, fine except for the merest hint of rubbing at the head of the spine. The original endpapers remain firm and uncracked, the plates are sharp and free of foxing, and the cover gilt appears to have been applied yesterday. Though not a terribly scarce Verne title, it is very seldom that we encounter a copy in this condition. Taves & Michaluk V008; Myers 22. Item #10536