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English Book Sets/Series

Works of Jules Verne- 15 volume set, Vincent Parke and Company

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Works of Jules Verne- a 15 volume set
(Full Description)
Vincent Parke and Company,
New York and London (1911)
Edited by Charles F. Horne, Ph. D.

(The description at the front of each volume indicates he was 
"Professor of English, College of the City of New York; Author of The Technique of the Novel, etc.") 
This set does not contain ALL the books and stories written by Jules Verne. The following explaination for the stories chosen for this set is taken from the preface about Jules Verne in volume 1 written by Charles F. Horne:  
"... Yet, in no spirit of unfairness, we must admit that Jules Verne's claim upon the Academy rather decreased with added years. Most of his later books by no means equal his earlier ones. A man over seventy may well be pardoned if he no longer writes with the fresh fancy and confident vigor of thirty-five. To present all Verne's later work to American readers would be fair neither to the fame of the author nor to the pocket of the public. Therefore a labor of selection has been necessary. All the works that have made Jules Verne beloved, all that present his imaginary inventions, his prophecies of the future, every work that honest critics have though worth preserving, is included in this edition. It presents not only those books crowned by the French Academy, but all those crowned by the verdict of that final judge, that best of judges when long years run full, that judge to whom all our work must be submitted in the end, the general public.  
To them this work is dedicated.  
Charles F. Horne

Jules Verne's Works, Uniform Edition

Jules Verne's Works
Uniform Edition
/ Uniform Binding
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York
(Full Description)

This series, in a Red binding contains 14 volumes,
all are published in 8vo and are illustrated:
- Around the World in 80 Days
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Michael Strogoff
- A Floating City and the Blockade Runners
- Hector Servadac
- Dick Sands
- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- The Mysterious Island
- From the Earth to the Moon Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours, Twenty Minutes; and a Journey Around It
- Steam House
- Giant Raft
- The Exploration of the World: Famous Travels and Travellers
- The Exploration of the World: The Great Navigators
- Exploration of the World: The Explorers of the Nineteenth Century

Various printings

1886 - identified on title page as Uniform Edition

1904, 1906, 1908
no series name on title page, but on a page before the title, says Jules Verne's Works, 14 volumes in uniform binding


Every Boy's Library
George Routledge and Sons,
London (aprox 1890-1900)

This is a series of hard cover books. They measure a small 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 1/2 inches, and have yellow and red flowers on the cover (so I like to call it the Pansy series!). Some of the books have the publishers catalog printed on the end papers. 
I have seen covers in Red and Grey 

The series contains the following 15 titles: 
 -Field of Ice 
 -Floating City (A) 
 -Fur Country (The), Part 2 
 -Journey to the Centre of the Earth 
 -Three Englishmen and Three Russians 
-Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Part 1 
-Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Part 2 
-Voyage Round the World - New Zealand
-Voyage Round the World - Australia


Jules Verne Series
"Sea Serpent Series"
(my designation)
Ward, Lock and Co, Limited,
London (aprox 1900-1905)

This is a series of hard cover books. They measure 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 7/8 inches. Their most distinguishing feature, is the cover art. The cover illustration is rather primitive, showing a hot air balloon, 2 ships, and a large 'SEA SERPENT'. The serpent is repeated on the spine. Each book has 1 frontice  illustration by Henry Austin. 
I have seen covers in Red, Green and Blue. 

 The following are the 12 titles in the series: 

  • Among the Cannibals
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • A Journey into the Interior of the Earth
  • The Mysterious Document 
  • On the Track
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon (with Eatons receipt, Dec 1904)
  • The English at the North Pole
  • The Ice Desert
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • Round the Moon (inscribed 1902)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Part 1) - 1 star on spine
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Part 2) - 2 stars on spine

(ANash: I have a real fondness for this series. The cover art is so primitive!)

Jules Verne Series
Hurst & Company, Publishers,
New York (aprox 1909/1910)

This is a series of hard cover books. They measure 5 1/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 inches. The binding is beige with orange, yellow and black trim. The cover art, is an explorer, in yellow, wearing a pithe helmet, gazing through binoculars, and carrying a rifle. He is looking at  a sailing ship, and there is a bag of gold at his feet! The spine shows the  same explorer. 
The title on the spine has been noted in Gold and in Black. 
(Some books in the series are illustrated.  ) 
The following are the 8 titles in the series: 
- Adventures of a Special Correspondent in Central Asia
- Astounding Adventures Amoung the Comets  
- Facing the Flag 
- Floating Island
- From the Earth to the Moon
- Mysterious Island
- Tour of the World in Eighty Days
(seen inscribed Xmas 1910)
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 

'Wasp' Edition (my designation)
Butler Brothers,
New York and Chicago (aprox 1887/1888)

Series of hard cover books. They measure 5 1/4 x 7 5/8 x 1 inch. The bindings I have seen are in brown and red. The cover and spine art contain a maple leaf, and in addition, the cover has 2 'wasps' and the word 'edition', along with fancy 'scrolls'. I do not know the actual titles in the series, but I know of the following: 

-Mysterious Island 
-Tour of the World in 80 Days 
-20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 
-The Fur Country 

Alta Edition
Porter and Coates, Philadelphia

The bindings are brown or gold in colour.
There are 2 variations shown
1) with "ALTA EDITION" inside a square on top of a "leaf" design
2) with "ALTA EDITION" inside a script design (this variant is less common)

The titles I know of are the  following:
At the North Pole
Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea
Underground City
Desert of Ice

Franklin Edition (Version 1)
Square design with bees.

Books in this series are:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Franklin Edition (Version 2)
Round design

Books in this series include:
Five Weeks in a Balloon
The Giant Raft

Arlington Edition

Hurst and Co., New York

"Pears Soap" Edition
Sampson Low (1890s)

Named because of the advertisement for Pears Soap on the back cover.

Books in this series:

- Archipelago on Fire
- The Child of the Cavern or Strange Doings Underground
- The Clipper of the Clouds
- North Against South Part 1: Burbank the Northerner. A Tale of the American Civil War
- Round the Moon: A Sequel to "From the Earth to the moon"
- Steam House, Tigers and Traitors
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea: Complete Edition
- Vanished Diamond

"Hutchinson Series"
Hutchinson and Company, London (1890s)
(one copy is inscribed 1893)

Red and Green covers with images from Verne's novels (Albatross, Giant Raft, Ice scene, ...)
Title on gilt background on some, and plain background on others.

Books in the series:
English at the North Pole
Five Weeks in a Balloon
(combined with Journey to the Centre ...)
Captain Hatteras; or The Englosh at the North Pole

Jules Verne Series
M A Donahue

Cover depicts 2 men in a balloon. Cover is green with black and cream highlights.
The series came in a matching dustjacket, but it is rare to find it.

Series Includes:
- The Cryptogram
- Claudius Bombarnac
- Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
- Floating Islands
- From the Earth to the Moon
- Michael Strogoff
- Mysterious Island
- Around the Moon
- Ticket No. "9672"
- Tour of the World in Eighty Days
- A Trip Around the World in a Flying machine
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Fitzroy Edition (hard cover)
Arco Publications, London
Bernard Hannison, London
Associated Booksellers, Westport Connecticut
Fitzroy Edition (paper cover)

George Munro
George Munro
Munros Library of Popular Novels
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