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    The Scarce 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 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." Neatly rebacked, with the original spine laid down. Original coated chocolate endpapers present, with cloth reinforcement to both hinges. Minor rubbing to binding, front free endpaper mounted, minor toning to text. Very light and only occasional foxing in text. Still, a very good copy of this rarity, with the gilt on the front board and spine brighter than usually seen. Most copies of this edition burned in the Great Boston Fire of 1872.




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