New York, NY: Scribner, Armstrong & Company, 1874. [Science Fiction] FIRST THUS, a partial reprint of 'From the Earth to the Moon.' Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp. viii; 142 . With 24 engraved plates, including a frontispiece. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper. Brown-coated endpapers. Some damage to upper hinge. Purple ownership stamp to front and rear blanks. Light spotting to preliminaries; toning throughout. Moderate rubbing, water sprinkling, and some general grubbiness to cloth; spine toned. Very good. A rare edition, published purely to kill an unauthorised edition of the first half of 'From the Earth to the Moon' titled 'The Baltimore Gun Club' which appeared a little before Scribner's complete edition. Another splendid example of Mr. Verne's imaginary sweep, including a giant space-gun, a bullet-spaceship furnished like a high class railway carriage, and a bunch of stalwart chaps careering round in space dressed in frock coats surrounded by an orbiting cloud of broken bottles, food wrappers and dead dogs. All in a day's work for Mr. Verne, although he may have broken his golden rule here and left out either pirates or giant steam powered elephants. This translation first published in London in 1873. Item #57410
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