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    The Rare True First American Edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

    Jules Verne. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1873. The true first American edition. One of only a small number of copies extant (perhaps fifty copies or less). Octavo. viii, 303 (with "The End" on page 303). Illustrations collate complete, with 109 full-page plates inserted throughout, including two maps. Publisher's variant full brown cloth with front cover ruled in black and gilt. Paneled in gilt and lettered in black with gilt borders, with centered gilt device of jellyfish. Spine decoratively stamped in gilt and black, with the misprint "Sea" instead of "Seas." Chocolate coated endleaves. Binding worn and soiled, with tears to spine, tailcap perished, rear hinge starting, text heavily shaken, with frontispiece and several pages loose, and many gutters starting, some toning and foxing to text. A fair copy of this rarity, most copies of which burned in the Great Boston Fire of 1872.




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