DescriptionJules Verne. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Boston: Geo. M. Smith & Co., 1873.
First American edition, second issue (this copy, published by Smith, features Captain Nemo looking through a sextant on the cover; the first issue, published by Osgood, features a jellyfish). This title page reads in full: 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas; or, The Marvelous and Exciting Adventures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil His Servant, and Ned Land, A Canadian Harpooner.' Translated from the French of Jules Verne. One Hundred and Ten Illustrations. (Edition of James R. Osgood & Co.) Sold only by subscription. Boston: Geo. M. Smith & Co., 1873.
Octavo. xiii, 303 pages. 110 illustrations. Illustrated frontispiece with tissue guard.
Full green cloth with bright gilt-stamped pictorial spine and front cover, with titles and border in black. Brown endpapers. Very minimal rubbing to extremities. One small light spot and one small dark spot on front cover. One corner bumped. Front hinge shows minor cracking. Light foxing to a few pages, usually those preceding or following the plates. Contemporary inked gift inscription on first free endpaper, almost impossible to see on the dark brown paper. Overall, this is a very good copy with a square binding and crisp gilt covers. Housed in a handsome quarter green leather over green cloth custom box and chemise.
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