A Sequel to "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Complete in Three Parts. Fully Illustrated. Sold Only by Subscription. Boston: "Household Words" Publishing Co., 1876. Original green cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled.
Early (first?) American edition of all three parts in one volume. Both Scribner Armstrong of New York and Henry L. Shepard of Boston came out with the first American editions of Part I only in late 1874 -- about a year before Sampson Low's first British edition (in three volumes) and Scribner Armstrong's complete edition (in three volumes). In 1876 (actual dates unknown), Donnelley Loyd of Chicago, "Household Words" of Boston (as here), and Scribner Armstrong all came out with the first complete-in-one-volume editions. Quoting from T&M:~In 1876, THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND was issued by "Household Words" Publishing Company of Boston, sold only by subscription. Although billed as complete in three parts, this translation is abridged and condensed from Shepard's book (first part), and American Homes serial (second part), which was in itself adapted and abridged by Hawley Lee. A tall, slender volume, the book is bound in bevelled boards, with a small gilt image of a Civil War soldier standing guard inset above a floral design on the upper left corner of the front cover.~This copy is in good-plus condition (spine ends and fore-corners worn, endpapers cracked, some leaves torn near the spine). In our experience this 11-inch-tall double-columned volume is quite uncommon. See Taves & Michaluk V013. Item #8288