Or Seventy Degrees North Latitude. Translated from the French by N. d'Anvers. With One Hundred Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874. 1 page undated ads. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all page edges gilt.
First British Edition, and first edition in English, of this tale filled with adventures of a voyage and journey to the ice floes of the far northwestern reaches of Canada. Included is a solar eclipse, plus an earthquake which, the traveling party is chagrined to discover, separates the "land" upon which they have settled into a moving ice floe. There are are one hundred full-page plates, many quite dramatic.~LE PAYS DES FOURRURES was published in French in 1873, followed by this London edition in November of that year (though dated 1874). The translator was "N. d'Anvers," pseudonym for Mrs. Arthur Bell. Osgood's American edition, using the same translation, was also published by November 22nd (possibly preceding the English edition); it too was post-dated 1874.~This is one of the deluxe copies, with beveled boards and all edges gilt; it is in dark red cloth (we have also seen terra-cotta, green and blue -- no priority). This is a very good copy, rather attractive, rebacked with matching dark red cloth that barely peeks out at each end of the spine; the original endpapers are preserved. This is a common occurrence for this UK edition, as it is a hefty volume that would fall apart easily; the English edition is considerably scarcer than the American. Taves & Michaluk V010; Myers 27. Item #10543