or, A Captain at Fifteen. A Novel. New York: George Munro, 1878. 2 pp undated ads. Original green cloth.
First Edition in English of this tale originally published in France as UN CAPITAINE DE QUINZE ANS.
A whale hunt in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and the Americas ends in tragedy and Dick Sand, as the only surviving crew member, becomes captain, at fifteen years of age. Not possessing the full skills of a sailor, Dick tries to get the ship east to the South American coast. However, the cook on board has plans of his own and manages to get the ship diverted to eventually land in the country of Angola on the continent of Africa. The cook's plans involve killing Dick and selling the other passengers of the ship into slavery. [Kytasaari]
This tale was first published in English, in November 1878, by the American pirate publisher Munro -- both in a two-volume wrappered format and in this plain green cloth format ("the best manufactured of all Verne books published by Munro"). Sampson Low's authorized London edition was published the following month, in December, at the end of which month Charles Scribner's Sons also published their edition (both dated 1879). Both the Sampson Low and the Scribner editions were titled DICK SANDS (with a final "S").
This is a fine copy, virtually as new. Taves & Michaluk V018; Myers 15. Item #10587