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    Jules Verne. L'Île Mystérieuse. Paris: Hetzel, [n.d., 1875]. First illustrated edition. Illustrations. Text in French. Original pictorial red and blue cloth. Binding worn, chipped and splitting. Frontispiece detached but laid-in. Library discard. Good condition.

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    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. Binding worn and slightly cocked. Spine ends chipped and fraying. Front joint splitting. Hinges cracked. Front free endpaper repaired with cellophane tape and all but detached. Leaf containing frontispiece detached but laid in. Some pages chipped. Library discard with the usual markings and pocket. 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.

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