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Around The World In Eighty Days.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company. 1874 - Second illustrated US edition after the stultifyingly scarce withdrawn 1873 issue with all the flakey spine problems. 8vo. Publisher's green cloth gilt, lavishly embossed and aggressively bevelled, every Verne first bar one or two seemingly having been designed to serve back up use as either a bludgeoning weapon or some sort of makeshift armour. Scuffed to extremities, cloth worn to corners and with some fraying and softening to spine ends. Solid, strong and bright, lacking all the normal wobbling and splaying that occurs in books where the boards are made of wrought iron and the weight of gilt alone would sink your average submarine. Internally clean and fresh, with some staining to the prelims, including a pale splodge to the upper edge of the title page. Brown endpapers, some small chipping to the edge of the flyleaf. A thoroughly respectable copy, perhaps a touch threadbare in places but entirely capable of a few more balloon trips. Illustrated throughout as if French engravers had just been decided extra needy and been made the recipients of some sort of enormous government subsidy, page after page of illustration. There's no adventure that doesn't have its feet somewhere in Verne, and this one is probably second only to 20,000 Leagues for sheer staying power and continuous appeal. A very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB]
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