With 68 Full-Page Illustrations. I. MERIDIANA... II. A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1874. 8 pp undated ads. Original brown cloth decorated in gilt and black.
First Combined Edition. On the very same day that Scribner, Armstrong published the authorized American edition of MERIDIANA (May 23, 1874), Shepard of Boston came out with a pirated edition; Shepard did the same with the earlier A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH. To combat the cheaper Shepard books, Scribner, Armstrong came out with this combined volume on July 4th, just six weeks later. It borrows the binding from the original Scribner, Welford & Armstrong issue of the English MERIDIANA, includes a separate title page and other preliminary leaves for each tale, and combines all 48 MERIDIANA illustrations with just 20 of them from the other title. The first page of the ad catalogue is a "Caution" against buying these titles by any other publisher (which "are PIRATED, and cannot fail to be inferior in every particular").
This is a very good copy, with discreet repairs at the spine ends but quite attractive on the shelf. On the endpaper and title page is the penciled signature of C[harles]. H[arvey]. Scribner of Toledo Ohio -- a judge whose son invented the multiple switchboard, and who may or may not be related to this book's publisher. See Taves & Michaluk V009. Item #9352