[the third UK edition] With One Hundred and Twelve Illustrations. Third Edition. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873. 8 pp ads dated "for the season 1872-73." Original blue cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt.
"Third Edition" -- i.e. the third printing of the first English edition -- of Verne's classic tale of Captain Nemo and the submarine Nautilus. Sampson Low published the first edition in the English language in November 1872 (but dated 1873, like this "third") -- now a volume that is virtually impossible to find: we have been able to offer only two "firsts" over our almost-40 years in business, one of which was priced at $47,500.00. These early Sampson Low editions are much scarcer than the "Smith" editions of Boston, and are scarcer than the Osgood ones as well. Sampson Low continued to issue further printings of their 1872 edition, still in the same binding (these too are very scarce today): T&M cites this Sampson Low third edition as having been published by April 1873. All of these UK printings feature a pictorial binding showing the Nautilus scanning the ocean floor and all kinds of sea life with a gilt beam of light; on the spine is a bug-eyed giant squid.~This copy is in royal blue cloth -- we have also had various UK printings (between the 1st and the 7th) in dark red, in green and in purple cloth. The ad catalogue bears the same date(s) as the two copies of the first printing we have had.~Condition is overall very good, with one unfortunate flaw -- a V-shaped chip in the cloth at the head of the spine, just slightly affecting decoration (but nowhere near print); otherwise there is only minor edge-wear, and the blue cloth on the spine is a little darker than elsewhere. The original delicate peach-colored endpapers are still present and have just minor cracking. The many plates remain clean and sharp, and there is very little foxing on the textual leaves. It is worth pointing out that over the course of almost 40 years, this is the earliest UK copy (other than two MUCH-more expensive "firsts") that we have ever offered. See Taves & Michaluk V006. Item #14178