or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen. Compiled in French by Jules Verne, from the Original Notes of Dr. Ferguson; and done into English by "William Lackland." New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869. 12 pp undated ads. Original brown cloth pictorially decorated in gilt.
First American Edition (and first edition in the English language) of Jules Verne's first book. Per the "Publisher's Note,"~FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON is, in a measure, a satire on English books on African travel. So far as the geography, the inhabitants, the animals, and the features of the countries the travellers pass over, it is entirely accurate... The mode of locomotion is, of course, purely imaginary, and the incidents and adventures fictitious. The latter are abundantly amusing, and, in view of the wonderful "travellers' tales" with which we have been entertained by African explorers, they can scarcely be considered extravagant...~CINQ SEMAINES EN BALLON had been published in French in 1863, and then this Appleton edition was published in March 1869 (they promoted it just prior to publication as FOUR WEEKS IN A BALLOON); Chapman & Hall's British edition -- which is virtually impossible to find -- did not come out for another year, by June 1870. No other Verne title was published in America until 1873 -- when both JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH and TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS appeared.~This copy is in medium-brown sand-grain cloth (we have also had green pebble-grain cloth and orange-brown pebble-grain cloth). It is in very good condition (spine faded, as usual with this color, but there is little wear other than a few nicks in the spine ends; the original yellow endpapers are clean and intact, and there is no foxing on the leaves within). Taves & Michaluk V001; Myers 20. Item #8287