Boston, MA: Henry L. Shepard & Co., 1874. [African Adventure] SECOND US EDITION. Octavo (21 x 15cm), pp. 190 . With 20 wood engraved plates, including a frontispiece. Publisher's brown cloth with titles and decoration in gilt and black to spine and upper. Dark blue endpapers. Very small neat black ink ownership of Felix Ranlett to first blank. Lightly browned throughout. Some rubbing corners and head and tail of spine. An unusually crisp, clean example. Near fine. A group of Russian and English scientists travel through the Kalahari desert in order to accurately measure the circumference of the Earth, only to discover in the middle of their work that their two countries have gone to war... Essentially a pirate copy, consisting of a slightly abridged version of the Frewer translation published by Scribner the very same day in the US. Although it was billed as one of the cheapest ever books produced in the US at that time, priced at $1.00, it is a handsome looking beast, though it is printed on inferior paper with fewer illustrations than would be usual for a Verne first edition at this time. First published in English in 1872. Item #57474
From the library of Felix Ranlett (1896-1989) — editor of 'Youth's Companion,' Chief Librarian of Bangor Public Library, ME, author of the Great War memoir 'Let's Go' (1927), and holder of a Purple Heart.
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