London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1886. [Science Fiction Adventure] FOURTH UK EDITION. Octavo (19 x 15cm), pp.viii; 310. With a selection of engraved plates by Férat, including a frontispiece. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and black decoration to spine and upper. Yellow-coated endpapers. Hinges split; upper quite weak. Light occasional spotting. Small marginal tear to p.99/100. Very light wear to cloth; an extraordinarily clean, bright example. Near fine. A group of Yankee prisoners of war escape by balloon from the siege of Richmond during the American Civil War (perhaps recalling the use of balloons during the siege of Paris in 1871), and end up on a remote Pacific island. The first of a trilogy of novels making up 'The Mysterious Island.' First published in 1875. Item #57407
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