Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1891 Jules Verne 'Mistress Branican'

Available is a first American edition of Verne's rare book, 'Mistress Branican' - which precedes the First English edition by one year. This undated Cassell edition was published in November, 1891. It is the first Jules Verne book to be published in the United States after the July 1, 1891 International Copyright Act took affect. Sampson Low's First English (British) edition was published one year later in November, 1892.

Book Description: New York: Cassell Publishing, 1891. Later edition of 1st edition. Olive green cloth with maroon decorated hardcover with gilt title and maroon decoration on spine and front cover. 377 pp. with 15 pp. of advertisements in the back. Measures 7-1/2" tall x 5-1/4". Translated from the French by A. Estoclet; illustrated with numerous black and white plates by Leon Benett. (Myers, 41)

*Edition described as thus: Listing #41: New York, Cassell Publishing Co., (1891) later edition measuring approx 13 x 18 centimeters, printed on thinner paper, illustrated on both sides to reduce the number of leaves used in the illustrations by one half.
* Bibliography noted: New Hartfotd, Connecticut: Country Lane Books, 1989. Myers, Edward and Judith. A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Jules Verne in the English Language Together with Information on Numerous Reprints, and a Key to Title Interpretation. Page 50

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