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Book Sets/Series
Pears' Soap Edition
"Good morning. Have you used Pears' soap?"
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London


(The colour of the cover, depends on the lighting and the amount of fading the cover has endured)


above image courtesy of David Linton

Sampson Low, Pears' Soap Editions
Between 1883 and 1910(?) Sampson Low, London, issued a set of 33 Jules Verne titles, with a distinctive red cover, and on the back cover was a Pears' Soap advertisement, asking: "Good morning. Have you used Pears' soap?"

The editions were sometimes identified on the title page as "Authors Illustrated Edition" or "New and Cheaper Edition"

The "Authors Illustrated Edition" was a bit of a misnomer, as those volumes contained very few illustrations (7 - 9, including the Frontice). I guess 7 illustrations is better than no illustrations.

There were 2 cover styles issued.
The first had the title printed directly on the red cover:

ed: I'll call this "Cover style plain". The volumes with these covers in RED are pears. This style in another colour or gilt is NOT Pears,

The second version had the title printed in a banner, with a blue or gray background:

ed: I'll call this "Cover style banner". This variation in red has a pears ad on the rear cover.
If you see this cover in another coloour, it will not be a pears. If you see this cover with gilt in another colour it is will not be a pears.

In each case, the image on the cover was exactly the same, except the banner across the middle of the image said "Jules Verne" for style 1 and had part of the title for style 2!

The contents of the books with 2 different cover styles, appear to have the exact same publishing date printed on the title page.
Is it possible that one style was a more expensive volume?

The books with "Cover style plain" sometimes, over time, seem to aquire a shiny appearance. I believe they start off with a "linen, textured, finish".

The books with "Cover style banner" do not seem to turn shiny, and were published in a "linen, textured, finish".

NOTE: Pears editions are ALWAYS red.

If you see a volume with gilt on the cover, then it is NOT a pears edition (no ad on the rear cover).

NOT
PEARS

Cover Style Plain
NOT
PEARS

Cover Style Banner
NOT 
PEARS
NOT
PEARS
NOT
PEARS

Cover style banner: If you see a volume bound in another colour, then it is NOT a pears edition (no ad on the rear cover).

NOT 
PEARS
NOT 
PEARS

Random Notes til I get it all right!:

  • "New and Cheaper Edition" : Is this a later printing of Pears?
  • Were both style covers available for purchase at the same time? Many have been seen with the same date on the title page.
  • Is the shiny cover surface on some due to age, or due to a different binding?
  • There is a high probability that Michael Strogoff and Twenty Thousand Leagues... exist
Here are the 39 titles published in the series (alphabetical by title):
(identified so far)
  1. Abandoned (Mysterious Island, Part 2)
  2. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  3. The Archipelago on Fire
  4. Around the Moon (Round the Moon on Title page)
  5. Around the World in Eighty Days
  6. The Begums Fortune
  7. The Blockade Runners
  8. Burbank the Northerner (North Against South, Part 1)
  9. The Captain of the Guidara (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1)
  10. The Child of the Cavern
  11. The Clipper of the Clouds
  12. The Cryptogrm (The Giant Raft, Part 2)
  13. The Demon of Cawnpore (The Steam House, Part 1)
  14. Dick Sands
  15. Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
  16. Dropped From the Clouds (Mysterious Island, Part 1)
  17. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (The Giant Raft Part 1)
  18. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  19. The Flight to France or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
  20. A Floating City
  21. From the Earth to the Moon
  22. The Fur Country
  23. Godfrey Morgan
  24. The Green Ray
  25. Hector Servadac
  26. The Lottery Ticket
  27. Martin Paz
  28. Mathias Sandorf, Part 1
  29. Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
  30. Michael Strogoff - not yet seen in Pears binding
  31. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  32. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  33. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  34. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  35. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  36. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  37. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (Complete in 2 parts)
  38. Vanished Diamond
  39. A Winter Amid the Ice

The following is an ad for books, in Mathias Sandorf, Part 2, 1889
I think the Pears' Soap bindings, would be the last column "Coloured boards, or cloth"

The appearance of Michael Strogoff is a good indicator that it also exists in the Pears ad series.

Pears' Soap Editions

The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa

The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1892
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

191 pages

Author's Illustrated Edition

Image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

The Archilpelago on Fire

Archipelago on Fire
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

1894
Sampson Low
London

Archipelago on Fire
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

"Illustrated"

6 illustrations

198 pages + 1 page Catalogur

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Around the Moon

Around the Moon
- below from Title Page -
Round the Moon:
A Sequel to "From the Earth to the Moon."

1893
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Authorized Illustrated Edition

Translated from the French
By Louis Mercier, M.A. (Oxon), and
Eleanor E. King

Note: No Frontice illustration in this volume

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days
nd
Sampson Low
London
Around the World in Eighty Days
1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

192 pages

Author's Illustrated Edition

Image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

The Begums Fortune

The Begums Fortune
1890
Sampson Low, Martson, Searle & Rivington
London

Image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

The Begums Fortune
1890
Sampson Low, Martson, Searle & Rivington
London

The Blockade Runners

The Blockade Runners
1887
Sampson Low, Martsston, Searle and Rivington
London

Author's Illustrated Edition

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

The Child of the Cavern

Child of the Cavern, or Strange Doings Underground
1888
Sampson Low
London

aslo 1891

Author's Illustrated Edition

Translated by W. H. G. Kingston

10 illustrations

174 pages

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Child of the Cavern
1888
Sampson Low
London

The Clipper of the Clouds

ClipperoftheClouds
1891
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

New and Cheaper Edition

Clipper of the Clouds
1891
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

"With Seven Illustrations

New and Cheaper Edition

7 illustrations

192 pages

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Dick Sands
or The Boy Captain
(Part 1 and 2 in same Volume)

Dick Sands or The Boy Captain
Part 1 and 2 in same volume

1882
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Part 2 has a title page, 1882 also

Author's Illustrated Edition

383 pages
14 Illustrations

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

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Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
Dr. Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
1888
Sampson Low
London

190 pages

Authors Illustrated Edition

Image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

Five Weeks in a Balloon

Five Weeks in a Balloon

Sampson Low
London

The Flight to France

The Flight to France
or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
A Tale of the Days of Dumouriez

1893
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London

The Floating City

The Floating City

Sampson Low
London

The Floating City

Sampson Low
London

From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

Sampson Low
London

Fur Country

The Fur Country
1907
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

334 pages

Translated by N. D'Anvers

The Giant Raft, Part 1
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
Giant Raft Part 1

1893
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London

The Giant Raft, Part 1
The Cryptogram

The Cryptogram
Giant Raft Part 2

1894
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London

Godfrey Morgan

Godfrey Morgan
1892
Sampson Low
London

The Green Ray

The Green Ray
A Romance of the Scottish Highlands

nd
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

160 pages

Top image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

The Green Ray
A Romance of the Scottish Highlands

nd (Circa 1890)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Translated from the French by Mary de Hauteville

7 illustrations

160 pages

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Hector Servadac

Hector Servadac
1882
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Third Edition

with Numerous Illustrations

tanslated by Ellen E. Frewer

Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1
The Captain of the Guidara
The Captain of the Guidara,
Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1

1887
Sampson Low
London

6 illustrations

176 pages

The Captain of the Guidara,
Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1

1887
Sampson Low
London

Illustrated

6 illustrations

176 pages

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Keraban the inflexible, Part 2
Scarpante the Spy

Scarpante the Spy,
Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2

1887
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Illustrated

6 illustrations

173 pages

Scarpante the Spy,
Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2

1887
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

6 illustrations

173 pages

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The Lottery Ticket

The Lottery Ticket
A Tale of Tellemarken
1890
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

New and Cheaper Edition

6 illust

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

The Lottery Ticket
A Tale of Tellemarken

1890
Sampson Low
London

Martin Paz

Martin Paz
1891
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Mathias Sandorf, Part 1

Mathias Sandorf
Part 1

1889
Sampson Low
London

I will keep searching for a better image
Mathias Sandorf
Part 1

1889
Sampson Low
London

Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
Captives of Antekritta

Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
Captives of Antekritta

1889
Sampson Low
London
Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
Captives of Antekritta

1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

204 pages

images and listing courtesy of James Keeline

Michael Strogoff

Not seen, but high probability it exists.

Mysterious Island, Part 1
Dropped from the Clouds

Dropped from the Clouds
Mysterious Island, Part 1

Note cover title change.
Mysterious Island has been added.

Mysterious Island
Dropped From the Clouds

Part 1, Mysterious Island
1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

187 pages

9 illustrations

Authors Illustrated Edition

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

Mysterious Island, Part 2
Abandoned

Abandoned
Mysterious Island, Part 2
1892
Sampson Low
London
Note cover title change.
Mysterious Island has been added.

Mysterious Island, Part 2
Abandoned

1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Authors Illustrated Edition

192 pages

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

Mysterious Island, Part 3
The Secret of the Island

The Secret of the Island
Mysterious Island, Part 3

1894(?)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Author's Illustrated Edition

Translated from the French by
W. H. G. Kingston

2nd image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

Note cover title change.
Mysterious Island has been added.

Mysterious Island, Part 3
The Secret of the Island
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Authors Illustrated Edition

189 pages

8 illustrations

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

North Against South. Part 1
Burbank the Northerner

Burbank the Northerner
North Against South. Part 1
A Tale of the American Civil War
1891
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

North Against South. Part 2
Texar the Southerner
A Tale of the American Civil War

Texar the Southerner
North Against South. Part 2
A Tale of the American Civil War

1891
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

also 1893 (and inscribed 1895)

"Illustrated"

14 illustrations
154 pages

information courtesy of David Linton

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The Steam House, Part 1
The Demon of Cawnpore

The Steam House, Part 1
The Demon of Cawnpore

nd (?1890)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

The Steam House, Part 1
The Demon of Cawnpore

nd
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

translated from the French by A. D. Kingston

"Illustrated"

New Edition

6 illustrations

190 pages

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The Steam House, Part 1
Tigers and Traitors

The Steam House, Part 1
Tigers and Traitors

1893
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

The Steam House, Part 1
Tigers and Traitors
1890

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

New Edition

AND

nd

translated from the French by A. D. Kingston

"Illustrated"

New Edition

6 illustrations

190 pages

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The Survivors of the Chancellor
(Parts 1 and 2
in same volume)

The Survivors of the Chancellor
1894
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Authors Illustrated Edition

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

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The Survivors of the Chancellor
1883
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Tribulations of a Chinaman

Tribulations of a Chinaman

Sampson Low
London

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Not seen, but high probability it exists.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
(complete in 1 volume with 2 parts)
nd
Sampson Low, Marston, and Company, Limited
St Dunstan's House
London

Complete
Author's Edition, with Illustrations

9 illustrations

302 pages

In the middle of the book, where part 2 starts, there is NO new title page, but there is a 1 page catalogue of "Books by Jules Verne", on the reverse of that is the Frontice for part 2, and then it starts "Chapter 1, The Indian Ocean"

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The Vanished Diamond

The Vanished Diamond
nd (inscribed xmas 1910)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

179 pages

New and Cheaper Edition

images and listing courtesy of James Keeline

The Vanished Diamond
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

A Winter Amid the Ice

A Winter Amid the Ice
1894
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

192 pages

Author's Illustrated Edition

Image 1 and listing information provided by Dana Eales


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