[a bright, handsome copy] A Voyage Round the World. A Romantic Narrative of the Loss of Captain Grant of the Brig Britannia and of the Adventures of his Children and Friends in his Discovery and Rescue. Illustrated with One Hundred and Seventy Engravings. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1873. 4 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in black and gilt, on beveled boards.
First American Edition (and the first edition in the English language). This was Verne's fifth book, originally published in French in 1867 as LES ENFANTS DU CAPITAINE GRANT.~The contents of a shark's stomach contain a bottle that holds notes written in three different languages... Together they may reveal the whereabouts of Captain Harry Grant, whose ship the Britannia was lost over two years ago. While the latitude of Grant is known from the notes [37 degrees south], the longitude is a mystery... Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Harry Grant's children and the crew of his yacht the Duncan, they set off for South America... [The searchers encounter numerous dangers as they trace the 37th parallel across South America, then across Australia, and finally across New Zealand...] [Kytasaari]~This is one of the few of Verne's works that Sampson Low never published in England. This hefty Lippincott volume contains all three parts of the tale; in the U.K. these were usually published in separate volumes, either as VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD: South America / Australia / New Zealand, or as THE MYSTERIOUS DOCUMENT / ON THE TRACK / AMONG THE CANNIBALS. Included are over 170 illustrations by Riou (from the original edition in French).~This copy is in green cloth (we have also seen blue and terra-cotta -- no priority); this copy has beveled board edges but plain page edges (we have seen others with plain board edges but gilt page edges -- again no priority, though copies with gilt edges were priced higher). It is a bright copy, just about FINE. For such a sizeable volume, this is quite uncommon condition. Taves & Michaluk V005. Item #13654