The Courier of the Czar. Translated by W. H. G. Kingston. Revised by Julius Chambers. With Ninety Full-Page Illustrations. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Company, 1877. 6 pp undated ads. Original terra-cotta cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled.
First Illustrated (and first hardbound) American edition of this historical tale of adventure taking place during a Siberian revolt. The first publication in English, in October 1876, was in a wrappered American edition by Frank Leslie; Sampson Low's U. K. edition came out two months later (in December 1876, despite the 1877 date on the title page). This Scribner Armstrong edition came out a few weeks later, in January 1877; it sold so well that by February a third edition was being advertised.
This is a bright, near-fine, with very minor wear at the very tips of the spine. This hefty edition of this highly-sought Verne tale does not often turn up in better condition. Taves & Michaluk V015; Edwards 15. Item #7546