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Book Sets/Series
Works of Jules Verne
Edited by Charles F. Horne

 

Works of Jules Verne- a 15 volume set
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.")

Published by: Vincent Parke and Company, New York and London
Date: Copyright, 1911, by Vincent Parke and Company

Although this set does NOT contain ALL the books and stories written by Jules Verne, it does however contain 36 stories and short stories.
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"


Note: The Works of Jules Verne were also published by National Alumni and F. Tyler Daniels Company Inc., and these sets are listed on this page as well.

Vincent Parke -Title Page-

The 15 volume set of the Works of Jules Verne was published by Vincent Parke and Company in EIGHT 'Limited editions' ....... ( 2 other companies also published the Works of Jules Verne, and they are listed below as well )

The Vincent Parke set contains 36 stories and short stories, 44 illustrations and a portrait of Jules Verne.
( See Below for a listing of titles and illustrations )

The size of each book is approx. 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

The books do NOT have a date on the Title page but do have the "copyright" date shown as 1911 on the back of the title page.

Here is a brief summary of the sets that are known:

Set Name# of SetsPublisher
Edition Magnifique26Vincent Parke
Edition Couronnée 50 Vincent Parke
Edition de Paris 75 Vincent Parke
Edition de l'Académie300Vincent Parke
Edition Décorée300Vincent Parke
Prince Edward of Wales Edition500Vincent Parke
Edition d'Amiens600Vincent Parke
Library Edition1000Vincent Parke
?unique? Edition?Vincent Parke
Members Edition750National Alumni
"unnamed"not limitedNational Alumni
"unnamed"not limitedF. Tyler Daniels

As I study the various sets, I find that each set can come in different bindings.
I think it was also possible to order custom bindings which means that there are many "Unique" bindings out there.

Edition Magnifique
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
Edition Magnifique Spine Edition Name Edition Magnifique
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 26 sets Lettered from A - Z
Binding Set noted in Blue (with blue spines) and in Full Green Morocco Leather
Title stamped in gilt on spine
Leather on the inside of the covers tooled with Iris pattern, and satin moire endpapers.

It is under debate whether the spines are faded to the tan colour from sun exposure, or bound that way. It would seem to make sense that they have faded, but it is a nice consistent colour between all the volumes!

Edition Plate Details
ALL Volumes have a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and which letter the set is, as well as the the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster (i.e. the main certificate from Volume 1 is repeated in each volume)
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:

This is to certify that the
Edition Magnifique
of the
Works of Jules Verne
is limited to twenty-six lettered
copies of fifteen volumes each;
and that this set is registered as
Letter A    
R G Lancaster
Registrar

Bookmark Ribbon Red ribbon (in the Green set)
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Each volume contains 2 copies of each illustration. The first of each pair of illustrations is coloured, and the second is the monotone illustration. There is tissue before each image (i.e. before and between each pair)
Example of Certificate from Volume 1:
(click for larger)
Edition Magnifique certificate zoom
Detail from certificate
Edition Magnifique certificate zoom 2
Cover image:
Edition Magnifique Cover
Edition Magnifique Certificate
Endpapers (Front):
Tooled Morocco leather and Silk moire
Edition Magnifique inside front cover
Endpapers (Rear):
Tooled Morocco leather and Silk moire
Edition Magnifique inside rear cover
Edition Couronnée
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:

(I only became aware of the existance of this Edition in May, 2016)
The known set has a unique leather binding, which is more ornate than the known Magnifique set
Edition Magnifique Spine Edition Name Edition Couronnée
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 50 sets numbered from 1 - 50
Binding Elaborate tooled leather with colour on spines
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine and "Limited Edition" at base of spine
Red silk endpapers and tooled leather frame on back of covers.
Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:

This is to certify that the
Edition Couronnée
of the
Works of
Jules Verne
is limited to fifty numbered
copies of fifteen volumes each;
and that this set is registered as
No. xx    
R G Lancaster
Registrar

Volumes 2-15 have a black and white plate indicating the volume is a part of a numbered set. The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:
"This is volume xx of a complete set of the works of Jules Verne consisting of fifteen volumes, issued strictly as a limited edition. In volume One will be found a certificate as to the limitation of the edition and the registered number of this set"

Bookmark Ribbon Blue silk
Page Edges Gilt
Illustrations 10 Colour illustrations as well as 35 green, black and sepia on white
Thank you to NAJVS member Patrick Healy who "discovered" this set in April 2016. This is the first example of this set that I have seen or heard about and up until this time, the "Couronnée" wasn't even in this list!
Edition de Paris
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:

(The above image was copied from the site of Bookseller "Bauman Rare Books". The set is for sale for $9500 (as of May 12, 2016)

Edition Magnifique Spine Edition Name Edition de Paris
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 75 sets numbered from 1 - 75
Binding Green cloth and 3/4 green morocco leather (same color as the Edition Magnifique but not as elaborate)
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine, as well as red and gold-stamped fleur-de-lis

Marbled end papers
Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:

This is to certify that the
Edition de Paris
of the
Works of
Jules Verne
is limited to seventy five numbered
copies of fifteen volumes each;
and that this set is registered as
No. xx    
R G Lancaster
Registrar

Volumes 2-15 have a black and white plate indicating the volume is a part of a numbered set. The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:
"This is volume xx of a complete set of the works of Jules Verne consisting of fifteen volumes, issued strictly as a limited edition. In volume One will be found a certificate as to the limitation of the edition and the registered number of this set"

Bookmark Ribbon Red silk
Page Edges
Illustrations 10 Colour illustrations as well as 35 green, black and sepia on white
Edition de l'Académie
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
Vincent Parke -Académie Spine- Edition Name Edition de l'Académie
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 300 sets numbered from 1 - 300
Binding Grey Morocco leather (like a soft pewter)
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine
Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:

"This is to certify that the Edition de l'Académie of the Works of Jules Verne is limited to three hundred numbered copies of fifteen volumes each; and that this set is registered as No. xx    R G Lancaster Registrar"
? Volumes 2-15 have no plate?
NOTE: The certificate in the volume viewed (see below) also has the words at the bottom:
"ESPECIALLY EXECUTED AND BOUND FOR FRANK LOUIS POTH"
similarly noted in "Edition Décorée"
Bookmark Ribbon Green
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white
Example of Certificate from Volume 1
(Click image to see a larger image):
click to view large Vincent Parke -Académie Certificate-
Cover:
click to view large Vincent Parke -Académie Cover-
Edition Décorée
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
Vincent Parke -Décorée- Edition Name Edition Décorée
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 300 copies numbered from 1 - 300
Binding Brown or "Marblized Charcoal" Morocco leather  leather 
or Green cloth

Title stamped in Gilt on the spine
Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
? Volumes 2-15 have no plate?

Note: this set has also been noted with the additional text in set #7, "Especially printed and bound for A.A. Brown"
similarly noted in "Edition de l'Academie"

Bookmark Ribbon Green bookmark ribbon
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white
(image courtesy of David Linton)
Prince Edward of Wales Edition
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
Vincent Parke -Prince Edward of Wales- OR Vincent Parke -Prince Edward of Wales- Edition Name Prince Edward of Wales Edition 
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 500 copies numbered from 1 - 500
Binding Modern half blue morocco, spines with raised bands
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine

or

Red cloth
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine

Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
Volumes 2-15 have no plate (confirmed with volume 14)
Bookmark Ribbon None
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Green, black and sepia on white
(red image courtesy of David Linton)
Edition d'Amiens
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
Vincent Parke -Amiens- Edition Name Edition d'Amiens 
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 600 copies numbered from 1 - 600
Binding Green cloth
Title is on a paste down label pasted on the spine
Edition Plate Details

Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:
"This is to certify that the Edition d'Amiens of the Works of Jules Verne is limited to six hundred numbered copies of fifteen volumes each; and that this set is registered as No. xx    R G Lancaster    Registrar"
Volumes 2-15 have a plate indicating the volume is a part of a numbered set
The certificate preceeds the title page and frontice illustration and reads:
"This is volume xx of a complete set of the works of Jules Verne consisting of fifteen volumes, issued strictly as a limited edition. In volume One will be found a certificate as to the limitation of the edition and the registered number of this set"

Bookmark Ribbon dark green
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white
Example of Certificate from Volume 1

Example or Certificate from volumes 2 - 15
(Edition d'Amiens)

Library Edition
Limited Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
n/a Edition Name Library Edition
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series 1000 copies numbered from 1 -1000
Binding Red cloth
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine
Edition Plate Details Volume 1 has a plate indicating the name of the edition, the number of copies in the edition and the signature of the registrar R. G. Lancaster
Volumes 2-15 have no plate
Bookmark Ribbon ?
Page Edges all edges trimmed
Illustrations ?Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white?
??unique?? Edition
Set by Vincent Parke and Company:
The details of this edition are unclear. I have talked to the owner of this set, and there is no certificate in the first volume! The set is bound exquisitly in leather and rivals the "Edition Magnifique"!
(see images below)
Sadly, this set is missing 1 volume, and thus contains only 14 volumes!
Vincent Parke -unknown- Edition Name ?? Edition
Date: copyright 1911
Number of sets in the Series ?
Binding "Teal" Moroccon leather, and Green inside the covers.
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine
Edition Plate Details This set has no known plates/certificates!
Bookmark Ribbon ?
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white?
Note: It is possible that this set was bound privately. As indicated above, there is no indication what set this is!
Vincent Parke -unknown- Vincent Parke -unknown- Vincent Parke -unknown- Vincent Parke -unknown-
Other sets of The Works of Jules Verne
Members Edition
Limited Set by National Alumni:

Note: The National Alumni editions only have 10 volumes.

National Alumni -Members Spine- Publisher National Alumni, New York and London
Date: No Date (and no copyright date ! )
Edition Name: Members Edition
Number of sets in the Series 750 copies numbered from 1 - 750
***Note: The National Alumni editions only have 10 volumes.***
Binding Olive green leatherette boards
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine and the words "Limited Edition" in gilt at the bottom of the spine

One set was indicated to have each volume in a plain cardboard slipcase
Editon Plate Details The Edition plate in volume one is illustrated with purple irises with green leaves. Within the iris picture is a box which states: 
"This is to certify that the Members Edition of The Works of Jules Verne is limited to seven hundred and fifty numbered copies: and that this set is registerd as number xy. 
It is signed by the registrar and stamped with a raised stamp that says National Alumni,1904"
Note: On the set observed, the page opposite states "This copy of the Works Of Jules Verne is registered in the name of Chester Sherman Talfor."
His initials are done in a gold circle in gold and blue.a
Being a "members edition" each set must be personalized!?
Bookmark Ribbon ?
Page Edges Gilt top, with other sides deckled
Illustrations ?Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white?
Examples of Certificate from Volume 1:
It is unclear why the certificate on the right, does not appear to have the iris's coloured in!
Cover
(this sad set is mission 1 volume)

Note: The National Alumni editions only have 10 volumes.
These volumes correspond exactly to the Vincent Parke volumes, and therefore the contents of Vol 11 - 15 are simply missing! They were just never included in the set!
The contents of the volumes is:

Volume 1 -- Jules Verne (Biographical Piece), Introduction, A Drama in the Air, The Watch's Soul, A Winter in the Ice, The Pearl of Lima, The Mutineers, Five Weeks in a Balloon
Volume 2 -- Introduction, A Trip to the Center of the Earth, Adventures of Captain Hatteras:The English at the North Pole
Volume 3 -- Introduction, Adventures of Captain Hatteras: The Desert of Ice, A Trip From the Earth to the Moon, A Tour of the Moon
Volume 4 -- Introduction, In Search of the Castaways: South America & Australia & New Zealand
Volume 5 -- Introduction, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
Volume 6 -- Introduction, The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds & The Abandoned & The Secret of the Island
Volume 7 -- Introduction, A Floating City, The Blockade Runners, Round the World in Eighty Days, Dr. Ox's Experiment
Volume 8 -- Introduction, The Survivors of the Chancellor, Michael Strogoff
Volume 9 -- Introduction, Off on a Comet, The Underground City
Volume 10 -- Introduction, Dick Sands A Captain at Fifteen, The Dark Continent, Measuring a Meridian

National Alumni
Regular Edition (non-limited)
(set of 10 volumes)
National Alumni Publisher: National Alumni, New York and London
Date:  No Date (and no copyright date ! )
Edition Name: Not applicable (non-limited)
Number of sets in the Series Not applicable (non-limited)
Binding: Brown cloth
Title is on a paste down label pasted on the spine
Edition Plate Details Not applicable (non-limited)
Bookmark Ribbon: ?
Page Edges all edges cut
Illustrations ?Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white?
(image courtesy of David Linton)
F. Tyler Daniels Company Inc.
Regular Edition (non-limited)
(set of 15 volumes)
F Tyler Daniels Publisher: F. Tyler Daniels Company Inc., New York and London
Date:: Copyright 1911
Edition Name: Not applicable (non-limited)
Number of sets in the Series Not applicable (non-limited)
Binding: Red cloth (the book in this image is faded!)
Title stamped in Gilt on the spine
Edition Plate Details Not applicable (non-limited)
Bookmark Ribbon: ?
Page Edges all edges trimmed
Note: book size of approx. 6" x 9" is smaller than the Vincent Parke editions
Illustrations ?Colour as well as green, black and sepia on white?
(image courtesy of David Linton)
Contents of the 15 Volumes in the Vincent Parke
+ F. Tyler Daniels Sets
  Contents of the volume  Illustrations in the Volume
Vol. 1
Spine Title:

FIVE WEEKS
IN
A BALLOON
ETC.,

-Preface on Jules Verne by Charles F. Horne 
-Introduction 
-A Drama in the Air 
-The Watch's Soul 
-A Winter in the Ice 
-The Pearl of Lima 
-The Mutineers 
-Five Weeks in a Balloon
Illustrations: 
-A Dangerous Moment 
-The Uprising 
-A Mysterious Rival
Vol. 2
Spine Title

CENTER OF
EARTH
-
ENGLISH AT
THE NORTH POLE

-Introduction 
-A Trip to the Center of the Earth 
-Adventures of Captain Hatteras: 
      The English at the North Pole
Illustrations: 
-Dangerous Neighbors 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-A Singular Forest 
-The Dweller in the Center
Vol. 3
Spine Title

DESERT OF ICE
-
TRIP TO THE
MOON
-
TOUR
OF THE MOON

-Introduction
-Adventures of Captain Hatteras: 
      The Desert of Ice 
-A Trip From the Earth to the Moon 
-A Tour of the Moon 
Illustrations: 
-The Future Express 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-"Fire" 
-The Reversal of Gravitation
Vol. 4
Spine Title

IN SEARCH
OF THE
CASTAWAYS

-Introduction 
-In Search of the Castaways: 
      South America 
      Australia 
      New Zealand
Illustrations: 
-The Rescue 
-The Condor's Prey 
-"Taboo!" 
Vol. 5
Spine Title

TWENTY THOUSAND
LEAGUES UNDER
THE SEA
-
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

-Introduction
-Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
-The Mysterious Island: 
      Dropped from the Clouds 
Illustrations: 
-Under Sea Hunting 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-The Secrets of the Sea 
-A Mysterious Visitor 
-Knowledge Mastering Difficulties 
Vol. 6
Spine Title

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
(Second Volume)

-Introduction 
-The Mysterious Island: 
      Dropped from the Clouds 
      The Abandoned 
      The Secret of the Island
Illustrations: 
-Friend or Foe 
-The Destruction of the Pirate 
Vol. 7
Spine Title

A FLOATING CITY
-
ROUND
THE WORLD
IN EIGHTY DAYS
ETC.

-Introduction 
-A Floating City 
-The Blockade Runners 
-Round the World in Eighty Days 
-Dr Ox's Experiment 
Illustrations: 
-A Dangerous Moment 
-Passepartout Retrieves Himself 
-The Oxygen Explosion 
Vol. 8
Spine Title

SURVIVORS OF
THE CHANCELLOR
-
MICHAEL
STROGOFF

-Introduction 
-The Survivors of the Chancellor 
-Michael Strogoff 
Illustrations: 
-Sangarre 
-The Supreme Test 
-"Look While You May" 
Vol. 9
Spine Title

OFF ON A COMET
-
UNDERGROUND
CITY

-Introduction 
-Off on a Comet 
-The Underground City 
Illustrations: 
-Walking or Flying 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-A Night View on Saturn 
-The Approach to Earth
Vol. 10
Spine Title

DICK SANDS
-
MEASURING A
MERIDIAN

-Introduction 
-Dick Sands: 
      A Captain of Fifteen 
      The Dark Continent 
-Measuring a Meridian 
Illustrations: 
-"Dr. Livingston, I Presume?" 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-Land at Last 
-A Disastrous Orgy 
Vol. 11
Spine Title

BEGUM'S
MILLIONS
-
TRIBULATIONS OF
A CHINAMAN
-
GIANT RAFT

-Introduction 
-The Five Hundred Millions of the Begum 
-The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China 
-The Giant Raft: 
      Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
Illustrations: 
-The Giant Raft 
-The Enemy's Citadel 
-Wang Prepares the Death Stroke
Vol. 12
Spine Title

GIANT RAFT
(Second Book)
-
STEAM HOUSE

-Introduction 
-The Giant Raft:
The Cryptogram 
-The Steam House: 
      The Demon of Cawnpore 
      Tigers and Traitors 
Illustrations: 
-The Steam House 
Vincent Parke -illustration-


-The Amazons 
-Nana Sahib's Defiance
Vol. 13
Spine Title

CRUSOE SCHOOL
-
STAR OF THE SOUTH
-
PURCHASE OF POLE

-Introduction 
-The Robinson Crusoe School 
-The Star of the South 
-Purchase of the North Pole 
Illustrations: 
-The Assault on the Tree House 
-The Star of the South 
-"When the Seas are Shifted" 

 

Vol. 14
Spine Title

ROBUR THE CONQUEROR
-
MASTER OF
WORLD
-
SPHINX OF ICE

-Introduction 
-Robur the Conqueror 
-The Master of the World 
-The Sphinx of Ice 
Illustrations: 
-The Aurora at the Southern Pole 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-The Escape from Niagra 
-At the Base of the Sphinx 
Vol. 15
Spine Title

THE
EXPLORATION
OF THE WORLD

-Introduction 
-The Exploration of the World 
      The World Outlined 
      Seekers and Traders 
      Scientific Exploration 
Illustrations: 
-Jules Verne 
Vincent Parke -illustration-

-Nearchus' Battle with the Sea Monsters 
-Mungo Park 

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