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Book Sets/Series
Jules Verne's Works
Uniform Edition / Uniform Binding

Charles Scribner's Sons


Full Set of Uniform Edition (above)

Partial Set - different lighting (above)

 

Jules Verne's Works
Uniform Edition
/ Uniform Binding
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

This "set" of books was published over a long period of time by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. The publication and reprinting dates of these books, with the date clearly indicated on the title page, ranges from 1886 to 1917.

The set is generally known as the "Uniform Edition". The series title is printed at the top of the title page on "most" but not "all" volumes. The ads for this set that appears in the front of some of the books, also uses the words "in uniform binding". The common colour for this set is Red but there are volumes known in a Brown colour. (The Brown edition is printed on thicker paper, so the volume is thicker than its Red counterparts)
The covers of the Uniform Edition, have scroll work and the Title of the volume in Black, while the spines have scroll work in black, and the title of the volume in Gilt along with an image related to the story, in gilt.

Red 1908 Hector Servadac Brown 1886 Hector Servadac
From the above images, you can tell that the Brown 1886 edition is printed on thicker paper, as the spine on the brown edition, shows the Black border around the image on the spine, while on the thinner 1908 Red edition, the Black border, though present, is in the fold leading to the cover!

Originally the set consisted of 9 volumes:
Uniform Illustrated Edition
identified on some title pages as Uniform Edition.
- Michael Strogoff; or, The Courier of the Czar
- A Floating City and The Blockade Runners
- Hector Servadac
- Dick Sands
- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- From the Earth to the Moon Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours, Twenty Minutes; and a Journey Around It
- The Steam House. Part I. The Demon of Cawnport. Part II. Tigers and Traitors. Complete in one vol.
- The Giant Raft. Part I. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon. Part II. The Cryptogram. Complete in one vol.
- The Mysterious Island. Vol. I. Dropped From the Clouds. Vol. II.Abandoned. Vol. III. The Secret of the Island. The Complete work in one vol., with 150 illustrations

Individual volumes were priced at $2.00 except Mysterious Island which cost $2.50, OR Price per set, in a box $17.50. (ed: a savings of $1.00 over the individual price!)

9 Volume ad

Later the series was expanded to include 12 Volumes.
Listed in the book ads as Jules Verne's Works. in uniform binding.
but still identified on some title pages as Uniform Edition.
- Michael Strogoff; or, The Courier of the Czar
- A Floating City and The Blockade Runners
- Hector Servadac
- Dick Sands
- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- The Mysterious Island. Vol. I. Dropped From the Clouds. Vol. II.Abandoned. Vol. III. The Secret of the Island. The Complete work in one vol., with 150 illustrations
- From the Earth to the Moon Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours, Twenty Minutes; and a Journey Around It
- The Steam House. Part I. The Demon of Cawnport. Part II. Tigers and Traitors. Complete in one vol.
- The Giant Raft. Part I. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon. Part II. The Cryptogram. Complete in one vol.
The Exploration of the World (in 3 volumes)
- I. Famous Travels and Travellers
- II. The Great Navigators
- III. The Explorers of the Nineteenth Century

Individual volumes were priced at $2.00 and $2.50, or first 9 volumes in a box for $17.50 and last 3 volumes in a box for $7.50

12 Volume ad

AND Later yet, the series was expanded again to include 14 volumes:
Still identified in the book ads as Jules Verne's Works. in uniform binding.
but still identified on some title pages as Uniform Edition.
The 2 new titles added to make 14 volumes were:
- Around the World in 80 Days
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Individual volumes were priced at $2.00 and $2.50, or first 11 volumes in a box for $21.50 and last 3 volumes in a box for $7.50

14 Volume ad

As indicated earlier, the titles in the Uniform Edition were published and reprinted over many years in the same Red (and Brown) cloth from 1886 to 1917, so it is easy to complete a set that can have a wide range of dates.
ed: For instance, my Uniform set of 14 volumes, has dates that range from 1902 to 1909, and I have an individual volume of Mysterious Island with the date 1886 !

This table shows the known dates for Uniform Edition volumes.
- additionally, a U, indicates that the words "Uniform Edition" DOES appear at the top of the Title page
and NoU, indicates that the words "Uniform Edition" do NOT appear at the top of the Title page.
and a blank indicates that I do NOT know if "Uniform Edition" appears!

Title

Known Publication Dates

*** if you have more information you can provide me re dates,
please pass it on to ANash at ***
Around the World 1906 NoU 1917 NoU
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1909 NoU 1912
Michael Strogoff 1895 1902 U
A Floating City and the Blockade Runners 1886 1893 1904 U
Hector Servadac 1886 1889 1908 NoU
Dick Sands 1886 1893 1902 1908 U
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth 1886 U 1908 NoU
The Mysterious Island 1886 U 1891 1898 1909 U
From the Earth to the Moon 1893 1899 1906 U
Steam House 1886 1895 1907 U
Giant Raft 1895 1906 U
Famous Travels and Travellers 1892 1908 NoU
The Great Navigators 1894 1908 NoU
The Explorers of the Nineteenth Century 1895 1904 NoU
Column 3 above, starting 1906, is the complete set of ANash

It is interesting to note that there are some difference between the titles for different dates.

- Journey to the Centre of the Earth ,1886, does say Uniform Edition at the top of the title page, yet the 1908 edition does not. In addition the Title has been reformatted:

1886 Journey 1908 Journey

- The 1886 edition of Dick Sands, is the only edition of Dick Sands in the Uniform Edition to include a map of East Africa inserted before chapter 1. It is NOT listed in the Illustration index.
MORE importantly, collector Brian Kutzera observes that the Scribner1st US edition of Dick Sands does NOT include this map, so the 1886 Uniform Edition of Dick Sands MAY be the only US edition to include the East Africa map!

- The Scroll work at the top of the spine, can be different on different titles, or different on different years of same title
There is a line that goes through the Scroll and you can identify the different scrolls by
A) Hi-Low-Hi or B) Low-Hi-Low

You could notice that the difference in the scroll is a 180 degree rotation!

- The Scroll at the top of the Cover can ALSO be different, and like the spine scroll, the difference is essentially a 180 degree rotation

Cover top scroll - Regular (Hector Servadac - 1908)

Cover top scroll - Reverse (Twenty Thousand - 1909)

When the cover scroll is put together with the appropriate spine scroll, it forms a continuous scroll

Or a Disjoint Scroll when NOT matched

Uniform Edition "Red"

Size of all volumes
= 208 mm tall x 150 mm wide
Except the Exploration of the World 3 volumes
= 220 mm tall x 150 mm wide

Information in the book description below:

No. of illustrations
Page Numbering - per part if necessary
Ad before title page - description of Ad
Uniform Edition text on Title page - Yes/No
Spine Scroll type
Cover Top Scroll type

1906
Known Publication Dates:
1906 Hi-Low-Hi NoU Reverse
1917 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

Around the World in Eighty Days
1906
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
12 illustrations including Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 310
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: NO
Spine Scroll = Hi-Low-Hi
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

The Frontispiece is a photo of Jules Verne seperated from the Title page by tissue.

ed: Around the World, and 20,000 Leagues were the last 2 books to be added to the Uniform Edition. Almost an after thought! It appears that this addition came in the early 1900's and I would consider these "weakest" of the sets volumes, in the sense that they only contain 12 illustrations each.

1908
Known Publication Dates:
1886 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse
1893 Low-Hi-Low U
1902
1908 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse

Dick Sands or The Boy Captain
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
92 illustrations + Title image
+ Map (only 1886 edition *)
Note: image in List of Illustrations for page 201 does not exist in any edition!
Pages numbered 1 to 486
Note: illustrations are included in overall page numbering (ie image facing page 329 IS page 328 and with page 327 being the blank reverse of 328)
Ad: No
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

1886 edition has text on the backof the title page
TROW'S
Printing and Bookbinding Company
New York

* Important Note:
There is an 1886 edition in Red, that has a map titled: West Coast of Central Africa!
The fold out map of Africa is right before the 1st page of Chapter 1 text. 
This is odd because the Scribners 1st US edition of this title does not have a map.  Neither does the Uniform Edition of 1893 or 1908.
The map IS in the Sampson Low 1st edition.

Is the 1886 Uniform edition of Dick Sands the only US edition with the map?

(Map information provided by B Kutzera)

1904
Known Publication Dates:
1886 Low-Hi-Low U
1893
1904 Hi-Low-Hi U Reverse

A Floating City and the Blockade Runners
1904
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
42 illustrations including Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 286 (incl Blockade)
Ad: No
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Hi-Low-Hi
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

1906
Known Publication Dates:
1893
1899 Low-Hi-Low U
1906 Hi-Low-Hi U Regular

From the Earth to the Moon and a Journey Around It
1906
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
80 illustrations + Frontispiece illustr.
Pages numbered 1 to 323 (both parts incl)
Ad: No
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Hi-Low-Hi
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

1906
Known Publication Dates:
1895 Low-Hi-Low U
1906 Hi-Low-Hi U Regular

Giant Raft:
I. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
II. The Cryptogram
1906
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
79 illustrations incl Frontispiece + 2 maps
Pages numbered 1 to 244 (I) + 1 to 254 (II)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Hi-Low-Hi
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

1908

Known Publication Dates:
1886 (Red and Brown Cloth)
1889 Low-Hi-Low U
1908 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

Hector Servadac or the Career of a Comet
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
96 illustrations + Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 370
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad: No
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

NOTE: The edition in Brown Cloth is printed on thicker paper, and is a thicker volume than the know Red editions

1908

Known Publication Dates:
1886 Low-Hi-Low U
1908 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
55 illustrations incl Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 305
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

NOT:E: 1908 volume does NOT have a Chapter table of contents

1902
Known Publication Dates:
1895 Low-Hi-Low U
1902 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse

Michael Strogoff, The Courier of the Czar
(including: The Mutineers)
1902
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
89 illustrations incl Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 377 (incl Mutineers *)
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad: 9 vol $17.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

*NOTE: The first page of The Mutineers (page 345) has a footnote for the title that reads: This tale, under the title of "A Mexican Drama" formed one of a collection written before the publication by the author of his "Six Weeks in a Balloon"

YES!.. it says 6 Weeks !!! and this in the 1902 edition. You'd think they would have corrected the footnote by this edition!

1909
Known Publication Dates:
1886 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse
1891
1898 Low-Hi-Low U
1909 Low-Hi-Low U Regular

The Mysterious Island:
I. Dropped From the Clouds
II. Abandoned
III. The Secret of the Island
1909
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
147 illustrations incl 3 Frontispieces (49+49+49)
Pages numbered:
Dropped From the Clouds:1 to 310
Abandonned: 1 to 304
Secret of the Island: 1 to 299
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

**Interesting re 1886 edition.
The last page of Dropped From the Clouds, page 310, has at the bottom: PRESS OF RAND, AVERY, & Co., BOSTON. This is NOT present in my later 1909 edition. (nor is it included at the end of parts 2 and 3!)

Also my copy includes an inscription to Ara Cushman Jr. - Jan 1887, and a sticker on the end pages for W. B. Clarke & Carruth, Booksellers and Stationers. Boston

1907
Known Publication Dates:
1886
1895 Low-Hi-Low U
1907 Low-Hi-Low U Regular

Steam House:
I. The Demon of Cawnpore
II. Tigers and Traitors
1907
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
95 illustrations incl 1 Frontispiece (49+46)
Pages numbered:
Demon of Cawnpore:1 to 262
Tigers and Traitors: 1 to 246
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular
1909
Known Publication Dates:
1909 Hi-Low-Hi NoU Reverse
1912 Hi-Low-Hi NoU

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1909
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 208mm x 150mm
12 illustrations incl Frontispiece
Pages numbered 1 to 427
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Hi-Low-Hi
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

This volume, 1909, has tissue between the Frontisepiece and the Title page, AND the illustrations are on glossy paper, different from the text.

ed: Around the World, and 20,000 Leagues were the last 2 books to be added to the Uniform Edition. Almost an after thought! It appears that this addition came in the early 1900's and I would consider these "weakest" of the sets volumes, in the sense that they only contain 12 illustrations each.

1904
The 3 History volumes are slightly larger than the rest of the set!

Known Publication Dates:
1895 Low-Hi-Low NoU
1904 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

The Great Explorers of the XIXth Century
1904
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 220mm x 150mm
105 illustrations incl Frontispiece (50+55)
Pages numbered 1 to 378
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : None
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

1908
The 3 History volumes are slightly larger than the rest of the set!

Known Publication Dates:
1892 Low-Hi-Low NoU
1908 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

Famous Travels and Travellers
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 220mm x 150mm
107 illustrations incl Frontispiece (54+53)
Pages numbered 1 to 432
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : None
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

1908
The 3 History volumes are slightly larger than the rest of the set!

Known Publication Dates:
1894 Low-Hi-Low NoU
1908 Low-Hi-Low NoU Regular

The Great Navigators of the XVIIth Century
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Size: 220mm x 150mm
115 illustrations incl Frontispiece (48+48+19maps)
Pages numbered 1 to 409
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : None
Uniform Edition on Title page: No
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular


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