DescriptionJules Verne. L'Île Mystérieuse. Paris: Hetzel, [n.d., 1875].
First illustrated edition. Quarto. 616 pages, plus eight pages of advertisements. Many black and white illustrations. Frontispiece. Text in French.
Original decorative red and blue cloth with gilt designs and lettering. All edges gilt. Some fading to spine. Inked name of former owner on front pastedown. Some mild foxing. Very good.
French publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel (1814-1886) owned Le Magasin d'éducation et de récréation ("Education and Entertainment Magazine") in which Verne's books were originally serialized. Hetzel also published the serialized chapters in book form under his own imprint; each title appeared in three forms: first, a cheap edition, followed by a small version with a few illustrations, and lastly in the large, lavishly illustrated editions with highly decorative covers (which are here offered), which have become much sought-after items. Hetzel published Verne's adventures under the umbrella series title of the Voyages Extraordinaires, which were presented ostensibly as an educational service to the young people of France because of the wealth of science, technology, and geography included within the novels of Jules Verne. From the Frank Collection.
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