New and Cheaper Edition. Illustrated. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1894. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in black.
"New and Cheaper Edition," issued five years after Sampson Low's first U.K. edition, in a similar binding (showing Briant diving into the water from a giant kite) and with the same illustrations. In this tale, a dozen young boys are shipwrecked without adults on a desert island, and struggle to survive during the two years they await rescue; they divide into two antagonistic groups, with quite different philosophies. This adventure has often been cited as a precursor to William Golding's rather similar LORD OF THE FLIES (1954).~This tale was first published in 1888 as DEUX ANS DE VACANCES, and in English in early 1889 by George Munro in his cheap wrappered "Seaside Library," as A TWO YEARS' VACATION. In November 1889 Sampson Low published ADRIFT IN THE PACIFIC, a hardbound illustrated ("two parts in one") version, being a different translation.~This copy has been recased within its original binding, preserving the original light yellow endpapers (reinforced at the inner hinges) -- but is otherwise near-fine (very minor rubbing of the spine gilt). Taves & Michaluk V034; Myers 1. Item #9366