The first illustrated edition in English of Verne's classic adventure, the scarce 1873 issue of the first British edition.
Very good plus.
"Phileas Fogg had won his wager, and had made his journey around the world in eighty days."
Verne's lively travelogue follows around the globe the ostentatiously English Phileas Fogg (modeled in part on American entrepreneur, circumnavigator, and eccentric George Francis Train) and his practical French companion Passepartout. Like much of Poe's fiction, this book is not science fiction in any technical sense, but evokes that optimistic zeal for progress and love of the well-worked-out problem that typified the earliest years of the genre: Verne exuberantly immerses the plot in then-novel technological advances, and uses longitudinal calculations to heighten suspense. First published in French in 1872, the English edition is more common with an 1874 imprint; this 1873 issue is significantly rarer.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873. 7.5'' x 5.5''. Original pictorial purple and gilt cloth. All edges gilt. Dated 1873. With frontispiece and 54 black and white wood-engraved illustrations. Ads at rear. XVI, 316,  pages. Housed in custom purple clamshell case. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Bookseller label to rear paste-down. Spine sunned with light wear to extremities, rear hinge starting, light foxing to endpapers and scattered throughout.
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