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

ed: I'll call this "Cover style banner"

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, might 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" seem to be available in a "shiny finish" or a "linen, textured, finish".

The books with "Cover style banner" seem to be only available in a "linen, textured, finish"

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?
  • Is the shiny cover surface on some due to age, or due to a different binding?
  • Do the following exist?
    ???Twenty Thousand Leagues ???
    ???Martin Paz ???
    ???Michael Strogoff???
    ???Hector Servadac
    ???The Tribulations of a Chinaman???
    ???Fur Country???

Here are the 33 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. Godfrey Morgan
  23. The Green Ray
  24. The Lottery Ticket
  25. Mathias Sandorf, Part 1
  26. Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
  27. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  28. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  29. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  30. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  31. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  32. Vanished Diamond
  33. 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"

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

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
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 Blockade Runners

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

Authors Illustrated Edition

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

The Child of the Cavern

The Clipper of the Clouds

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

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

1882
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Author's Illustrated Edition

383 pages
14 Illustrations

image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

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

The Flight to France

The Floating City

The Floating City

From the Earth to the Moon

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

The Giant Raft, Part 1
The Cryptogram

Godfrey Morgan

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
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Hector Servadac

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

Keraban the inflexible, Part 2
Scarpante the Spy

Scarpante the Spy,
Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2

1887
Sampson Low

6 illustrations

London

The Lottery Ticket

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

New and Cheaper Edition

6 illust

2nd image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

Martin Paz

Martin Paz
1891
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

Mathias Sandorf, Part 1


I will keep searching for a better image

Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
Captives of Antekritta


I will keep searching for a better image
Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
Captives of Antekritta

1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

204 pages

2nd image and listing courtesy of James Keeline

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

Note cover title change.
Mysterious Island has been added.

Mysterious Island, Part 2
Abandoned

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

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

North Against South. Part 1
Burbank the Northerner

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

"Illustrated"

14 illustrations
154 pages

information courtesy of David Linton

The Steam House, Part 1
The Demon of Cawnpore


I will continue to look for a better image.

The Steam House, Part 1
Tigers and Traitors

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

Tribulations of a Chinaman

???Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea???
- Does this pears exist?

The Vanished Diamond

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

179 pages

New and Cheaper Edition

image and listing courtesy of James Keeline

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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