Boston: James R. Osgood, 1873. First fully illustrated US edition. Hardcover. Better than good overall. Lacks one plate. Scarce 1873 first fully illustrated US edition of Jules Verne's most popular work; this work was first issued in English in the US as an unillustrated edition, entitled 'The Tour of the World in Eighty Days' (1873). Translated by Geo. M. Towle, with an introduction by Adrien Marx. With fifty three plates, including a sketch by Jules Verne titled 'Burset Malais', The "Saint Michael", of a sailing ship. Lacks one plate at p 266 ('The cold, increased by the tremendous speed, deprived them of the power of speech'). Arthur B. Edwards notes in "Firsts" (July/August 1996) that "there is a fully illustrated Osgood octavo edition, published at the end of November, 1873, taken from the British sheets. This is titled 'Around the World in Eighty Days', and is very scarce. It seems to have had production problems that caused the spine to crack and chip when the book was read; consequently no 1873 copies have been seen in better than good condition (p. 42)." 8vo, xvi, 315pp, dark brown end papers. Gilt and black stamped salmon cloth, beveled edges. Extremities a bit rubbed; spine slightly sunned, little rubbed at edges. Internally, hinges tender but holding; the text bright and clean. We would disagree with the article in "Firsts" and suggest that this a better than good copy, even if lacking a plate. Gallagher, Mistichelli and Van Eerde A30. Taves and Michaluk V011.
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