Lot 442: Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas First Smith Edition

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Lot 442: Author: Verne, Jules. Title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas; or, the Marvellous and Exciting Adventures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil His Servant, and Ned Land, a Canadian Harpooner. Place Published: Boston. Publisher: George M. Smith & Co. Date Published: 1873. Description: xiii, (3), 303 pp. Translated from the original French. Wood engravings throughout; 2 maps. (8vo) original decorative green cloth, stamped and lettered in green and gilt, front cover with gilt vignette of Captain Nemo using a sextant, spine with gilt vignette of Nemo manning the wheel of the ship, brown endpapers. First American Edition, first Smith issue. The classic tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine the Nautilus by the "father of Science Fiction." First published in France in parts from 1869 to 1870; this being the first American edition. Originally, the book was published by James R. Osgood in the same month as the first British edition, but for some reason only a small number of copies were printed. It is understood that George M. Smith took over the publishing with a much larger print run and with a similar binding, except Osgood's binding has a jellyfish vignette on the front cover and the Smith issue has a vignette of Captain Nemo. Also, the Osgood edition reads ". Under the Sea," but this Smith issue reads ". Under the Seas." First Smith issue, with the words "The End" on page 303 in battered type. Myers 56. Binding worn, spine ends frayed, remnants of prior pasted items on front and rear endpapers, small hole through front free endpaper and flyleaf and partially through frontispiece, rear free endpaper lacking; a few signatures slightly sprung; good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $500-800
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