Item #15089 TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS. Jules Verne.
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS.
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS.
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS.

TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS.

[the third UK printing] With One Hundred and Twelve Illustrations. Third Edition. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873. 8 pp ads dated "for the season 1872-3." Original blue cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all page 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 the Nautilus. Sampson Low published the first edition in the English language in November 1872 (but dated 1873, like this "third") -- replete with 112 illustrations (all but two of them full-page plates), which equates to one every 2.7 pages of text. The first printing in fine condition is now virtually impossible to find: we have sold only two such copies over our 40 years in business, both of which were priced above $40,000.00.

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 "poulp" (giant squid). This copy is in blue cloth -- we have also had various UK printings (between the 1st and the 7th) in dark red, in green, in terra-cotta, in brown, or in purple cloth. The ad catalogue bears the same date(s) as the two copies of the first printing we have had.

Condition is good-to-very good: externally there is some general rubbing, with some wear at the extremities; the pale yellow endpapers are old but they are covering the original pale-peach ones. All of the plates are present, but the two page 49 plates are bound in before the frontispiece (where one is browned due to a tipped-in centennial clipping), and three other plates (pp 81, 201 & 290) plus two text leaves have damaged margins that are taped. These early Sampson Low editions are much scarcer than the "Smith" editions of Boston, and are even scarcer than the Osgood editions of Boston. A near-fine copy of this "Third" would be $4,000.00+; we have never seen a "Second." See Taves & Michaluk V006. Item #15089

Price: $975.00