London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington. 1879. [Adventure] FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.432; , catalogue. With 59 engraved plates and 50 facsimiles of ancient drawings. Publisher's deep red cloth, titled in gilt and decorated in black, all edges gilt, black endpapers. Slight darkening to the spine and with abrasion, fraying and bumping to the head of the spine. Light wear to extremities, discreet owner name, engraved bookplate. A massive object, impressively bright boards and internally clean. Slightly travelled but a craggily handsome copy. Chronicles all the major exploratory voyages, so nothing ambitious then. As usual M. Verne is not kidding, anyone of any nationality, race or creed who has ever said 'Hmmm, I wonder what's over there?' is in this book, accompanied by a map or two and enough illustrations to wallpaper a medium sized steam powered elephant. A fantastic book, the kind of thing you should read under the covers with a torch. This particular copy comes from the library of renowned bibliophile Eric Quayle (1921- 2001), the highly respected and noted authority on Victorian crime literature and boy's fiction, who was also the bibliographer of Stevenson's fellow Scottish adventure story writer R.M. Ballantyne. Aside from having a literary bent that was more of a hoop and a brain the size of the sky, Quayle knew a good adventure story when he read one. Item #57059
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