With Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1895. Original pictorial blue-grey cloth, all edges gilt.
First British Edition, and possibly the first hardbound edition in English, of this tale of buried treasure. During serialization in Boy's Own, Fenno of New York published a wrappered edition of CAPTAIN ANTIFER in June 1895 -- the first edition in the English language. Both Fenno and Sampson Low (as here) published cloth-bound editions in November 1895 (precedence uncertain, but the Sampson Low edition is of considerably higher quality).~Captain Antifer's father had befriended an Egyptian prisoner at Jaffa, Kamylk Pasha, and many years after he received a mysterious document naming latitude 24 degrees 59 minutes north, and saying that the longitude would follow later. It never did; but Antifer succeeded in discovering it, and had a series of most exciting adventures in searching for the wealth which was to be found on the spot indicated... [The Publishers' Circular, quoted in T&M]~Antifer's efforts to find the islet's longitude, complicated by treachery and demands of marriage, take him to the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Guinea, and even north of Norway. The pictorial front cover shows the pinioned and gagged Tyrcomel, on the back of whose left shoulder is tattooed the long-sought direction.~This copy is in blue-grey cloth; we have also had light green (no priority). It is in very good to near-fine condition (spine slightly darkened, front endpaper badly cracked, but nonetheless quite attractive). Taves & Michaluk V042. Item #10643