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  • From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    An early English translation published by Sampson Low, Marston et al, London in 1886.

    Translated from the French by Louis Mercier and Eleanor King. Described as the “Author’s Illustrated Edition”.

    Octavo, 160 pages plus 32 pages Publisher’s Catalogue. Seven full page illustrations. Original red cloth covered binding with black embossed decoration. Gilt title to front and nice decorative embossed image with gilt moon and red “spaceship”. All page edges gilt, very good condition with unusually clean and bright covers.

    Post American Civil War the Baltimore Gun Club had time on their hands. They decided to design and build an enormous gun (a Columbaid) to land three men (the President, his rival and a French Poet) on the Moon. A hugely influential book. Interesting that the section dealing with the calculations has some scientific merit … we like it.

    Early Jules Verne – nicely presented


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  • Steve Young or the Voyage of the “Hvalross” to the Icy Sea – Fenn – circa 1915

    Steve Young or the Voyage of the “Hvalross” to the Icy Sea – Fenn – circa 1915

    The author George Manville Fenn was a prolific writer of adventure stories for the young in the Victorian era.

    Published by Partridge and Co, London. Octavo, 416 nicely illustrated. Evenly browned internally otherwise a very good copy. Embossed illustrated boards and spine in near fine condition. Looks a beauty.

    A rare book and we cannot find the title on his “official’ list of publications This edition circa WWI era .. we cannot find any other contemporary copies available.

    Hvalross is Norwegian for Walrus. Steve Young is an orphan whose uncle, Captain Young has disappeared on a voyage in and around Spitzbergen in the Arctic Ocean. The Captain’s friends charter a boat the Norwegian “Hvalross” to search for him. Sixteen year old Steve goes along much to the disgust of the ships Doctor who thinks young fellows are just a nuisance. Gales, storms, intense cold and Polar Bears … strong currents complete darkness all add to the adventure.

    Scarce adventure on the “Walrus” up around Spitzbergen …


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  • The Wonders Of The Modern Railway – Archibald Williams – 1913

    The Wonders Of The Modern Railway – Archibald Williams – 1913

    We really love the series of book written by Archibald William, this is one of his early ones having only at this time published “the Romance of Modern Engineering” and the Romance of Early Exploration” … there were more to come in this vein.

    Published by Seeley, London in 1913 a first edition. Octavo, 163 pages plus Publisher’s Catalogue. The much preferred embossed pictorial binding with superb images to front [the Railway Pass between Lucerne and Brienz] and spine, titles in gilt. Some scattered foxing on the spongy paper … still a delightful rarity. Eight illustrations from period photographs.

    Contents includes .. How the Midland Railway came into being; the Great Western Railway or the struggle of the gauges; the building of the Canadian Pacific and what it had done for Canada; the first of the Transcontinentals; the Highroad to Orange Land; the USA Railroads; the Railway as Conqueror and Mountain Railways.

    Delightful historic record of the “Modern” Railway


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  • The Great Airship – A Tale of Adventure – Captain Brereton – First Edition 1914

    The Great Airship – A Tale of Adventure – Captain Brereton – First Edition 1914

    A first edition published by Blackie, London and Glasgow no date but considered 1914.

    Hardback with striking decorative covers and illustrations within by C.M. paddy. Octavo, 360 pages and in very good condition despite its age. The author Captain Brereton (1852-1957) was a distinguished soldier and a highly acclaimed writer of adventure stories with over 40 publications to his name.

    A fast pace adventure in a jet powered airship. A scientist and his young friends experience exciting times in the air and in Canada, Mongolia and Africa.

    Exciting and striking Airship Adventure – 1914


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  • Fiesta – Ernest Hemingway – Cape Edition

    Fiesta – Ernest Hemingway – Cape Edition

    Our favourite edition published by Jonathan Cape in its classic striking cover.

    A 1967 printing with the identical image impressed on the front board. The book is pretty clean with good unmarked cover. The dust jacket has chips and a tape repair to the rear … still bright and attractive. Now protected in a Brodart removable cover like all our books.

    Very scarce and very sought after in this Cape form.

    The bullfight in Hemingway … This is the Fiesta



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  • The Adventures of Captain Hatteras  – Jules Verne

    The Adventures of Captain Hatteras – Jules Verne

    Published in London Ward and Lock and early English translation circa 1895. A two-part story … “The English at the North Pole” and “The Ice Desert”. Octavo, 223 pages. Which the super pictorial boards in the “‘blue format” … it was also published with a green background.

    Some foxing mainly on the page edges but also on the first and last few pages otherwise clean. Still a pretty good copy of a desirable Verne.

    Some say based on Sir John Franklin and then later to have an influence on Peary and Frederick Cook in their choice of routes to the North Pole!

    First published in French in 1866 and, accepting the Franklin reference above, influenced for sure by the Hayes expedition to Ellesmere Island. It was published as part of the “Voyages Extraordinaire” which was to include “Five weeks in a Balloon”, Journey to the Centre of the World” and “From the Earth to the Moon”. Interestingly, a bit like “Star Wars” it was published as book number two in the sequence even though it was the first published.

    Hatteras sets off for the North Pole, has a mutiny which results in the loss of his ship. They have to hole up for the winter and build accommodations through knowledge of Russian Ice palaces and create fire using ice lenses. After the thaw they build a new ship from remnants of another shipwreck and head north to find an island bang on the pole. Volcanic and Hatteras enters the crater and it doesn’t go too well for him from there.

    The second part “The Ice Desert” is based on an island which is a northerly extension of Ellesmere … New America … and more adventures ensue.

    Jules Verne’s Polar Adventures


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