Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) has been ranked alongside Hugo Gernsback and H.G. Wells for the title of "Father of Science Fiction." The French novelist wrote about scientific and technological advancements - particularly in air, space and water travel - before they existed. His popular stories of travelers in unknown realms, known as his ...
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) has been ranked alongside Hugo Gernsback and H.G. Wells for the title of "Father of Science Fiction." The French novelist wrote about scientific and technological advancements - particularly in air, space and water travel - before they existed. His popular stories of travelers in unknown realms, known as his "voyages extraordinares," have made him the second-most translated author in the world. "The Underground City," one of Verne's lesser known works, begins with coal miner James Starr's journey to an old mine in Aberfoyle, near Stirling, Scotland, and the story spans over ten years. The family of mine overman, Simon Ford, has been living deep inside the mine, where they have discovered a large vein of coal. As a result, a community grows up around an underground lake called Loch Malcolm, 1500 feet below the ground, and soon mysterious and unexplainable events begin to plague the Fords and the townspeople.
Good in None Issued jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Red cloth w/black deco cover & spine, gilt band on spine, tan endpapers, 246 pgs w/b&w illus. Strong binding w/tape on endpaper. Not Dated. circ 1890, previous owner pencil name fep. Covers have fade marks to cloth, mostly on back cover. Translated by W.H. G Kingston.
Early American Edition. Original green cloth with red and black lettering and decoration at spine and front cover, spine lettering in gilt, front panel with pastedown color illustration of a ship. An uncommon and early hardcover printing of this Verne adventure title. Despite cheap production, this copy is in Very Good plus attractive condition, with white pages and cover stamping crisp, spine ends and cover corners with tiny nicks to cloth.
with 42 b&w illus. Well-worn. Tatty spine ends & worn edges. Gilt rubbed. Shaken. 7 1/2 x 5", 246 p., Hinges cracked. Loose signatures. Translated by W.H.G. Kingston Not the the prettiest copy but one of Verne's more unusual, titles and here the first illustrated American edition. Scarce.
Very Good. VG: Very Good condition in octavo boards with black and gold stamping on brown cloth. Bottom corners rubbed. There is a previous owner's name on the black first free end paper.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall.
Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi [vii] viii-ix [x] xi [xii]  2-246 [247-248: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], 42 full-page illustrations and title page vignette by J. Ferat, original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel ruled in blind, gray coated endpapers. First U.S. hardcover edition. A translation of LES INDES-NOIRES (1877). The first edition in English was a pirated edition, titled THE BLACK INDIES, published by George Munro in paper wrappers near the end of May 1877 as part of his "Seaside Library" series. The British edition, titled THE CHILD OF THE CAVERN; OR, STRANGE DOINGS UNDERGROUND, was published in a fully illustrated hardcover edition in October 1877. This first American hardcover edition was published by Porter & Coates in October 1883. The Sampson Low and Porter & Coates editions both use the translation by W. H. G. Kingston. A miner and his family who have spent ten years 1500 feet under the surface of Stirlingshire, Scotland discover a vast underground cavern. An underground city is built on the shore of a lake in the coal-rich cavern to house mine workers. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 20. Day, The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 89. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Myers 10. Taves and Michaluk V017. Early owner's signature on recto of first blank. Cloth very lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, rubbed along bottom edges, two tiny spots to front cover near bottom edge, a near fine copy with bright cover stamping and tight inner hinges. A superior copy of this book. (#111984)
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