London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, no date . [Polar Adventure] FIRST UK CHEAP EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.xvi; 336. With 64 engraved plates by Roux, including a frontispiece. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and blue, grey and white blocked decoration to spine and upper. Black ink gift inscription to fly-leaf dated 1902. Bookseller's label to front pastedown. A newspaper clipping from 1955, the fiftieth anniversary of Verne's death, loose to preliminaries with associated offsetting. Light spotting to endpapers. An extraordinarily bright, clean copy, with just a hint of toning to spine, light rubbing to boards, and a few minor occasional marks to crisp white leaves. Near fine. Billed as a cheap edition, but actually sporting very high production values, with good paper and clear impressions of the plates. Not to be confused with the later and slightly smaller cheap edition, dated 1898, but most likely released circa 1905, with fewer illustrations. A late Verne adventure, first published in English in 1898, it is a sequel to Poe's novel 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket' (1838), in which a new expedition sets out to discover the fate of the Jane Guy. Item #57402
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