Or, The Pearl of the Pacific. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1896. Original olive green cloth pictorially decorated in black, blue, white and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt.
First British Edition (and first edition in English).~It is about an enormous ship built by the Yanks, that has a great city on it, and is navigated about the world, playing ducks and drakes with geography and the balance of political power in the South Seas, until finally the savages of the New Hebrides and the forces of Nature rise up and annihilate it. [from a contemporary review cited in T&M]~Part of the "floating island's" problem is that its people are divided into two adversarial groups, the Larboardites and the Starboardites...~This tale was advertised as SCREW ISLAND until its title was changed just before publication in October 1896 (the French title had been L'ILE A HELICE, or "Propeller Island"). The book was not published in America until November 1897, by W. L. Allison Company.~This is an attractive copy, just about fine, with scarcely any soil or wear. Taves & Michaluk V043; Myers 23. Item #10644