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Sets/Series
Fitzroy Edition
Edited by I. O. Evans F.R.G.S.

List of Fitzroy Edition Titles / Images of the Fitzroy Edition

I. O. Evans (Idrisyn Oliver Evans) love of science fiction and Jules Verne led him to envisage a series of Jules Verne books where he could re-introduce to the public the many works that were not commonly known. It was the publisher Bernard Hanison (a 29 year old) who signed a contract with I. O. Evans in 1958 for such a series.

The address of the offices of Bernard Hanison was 10 Fitzroy Street, and hence the name of the series, Fitzroy Edition.

Bernard Hanison says in Sept 2000:

  • Yes, you are right. "The Fitzroy Edition" was named after the street where my offices were, 10 Fitzroy Street. I had purchased the lease of 10 Fitzroy Street in 1952 for the remaining period of 20 odd years for a small amount, and £700 per year rent without any rent reviews. It turned out to be a great bargain and in 1962 when I sold the property to property developers made more money than I ever made in publishing. Somewhere there is a moral,but I cannot find it. Fitzroy Street was, or still is, a very famous street in central London in the heart of Bloomsbury. My own building was used in the 1920s and 1930s as the meeting place of the "Fitzroy Group" group of English artists, and many famous people had lived there. It was demolished in 1962 or 3 with all the attatched magnificant buildings tgo make way for a new office block which is now the offices of one of the famous advertising agents. Some original buildings still remain, however, especially in Fitzroy Square (London, W1), that is adjacent.
  • Note from ANash: Fitzroy Square was developed in 1794 by the First Baron of Southampton and named after his grandfather Charles Fitzroy, Second Duke of Grafton. It was designed by Robert Adam. Famous residents of the square include George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf (both living at No. 29, but not at the same time)

Bernard Hanison published under his own name Bernard Hanison, London and also under ARCO Publications Ltd., London.

After signing the contract with I. O Evans, Bernard, in 1959, sold the companies and the works to be published to MacGibbon and Kee. It was MacGibbon and Kee who continued to publish the Fitzroy Edition under the ARCO Publications banner. Any books in the works at the time could still be published but recognition to the publishing entity Bernard Hanison had to be given.

The first books in the Fitzroy Edition, can be identified as such because of the Hanison markings:

  • The Begum's Fortune (Bernard Hanison, London, 1958)
  • From the Earth to the Moon (Bernard Hanison, London, 1959)
  • Dropped from the Clouds (Bernard Hanison, London 1959, Copyright 1959 by Bernard Hanison Limited)
  • Secret of the Island (Bernard Hanison, London 1959, Copyright 1959 by Bernard Hanison Limited)
  • Tigers and Traitors (Arco Publications with Bernard Hanison, London 1959, Copyright 1959 by Arco Publications)
  • Demon of Cawnpore (Arco Publications with Bernard Hanison, London 1959)
  • Round the Moon (Arco Publications with Bernard Hanison, London 1958)
  • Michael Strogoff (Arco Publications with Bernard Hanison, 1959)

Note that the first three books mentioned in the introduction written by I. O. Evans are:

  • A Floating City
  • Begums Fortune
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon

ARCO went on to publish 63 different titles in the Fitzroy Edition.

From the back of the dustjacket of some of the early books in the series:

THE FITZROY EDITION OF Jules Verne

The intention of this new edition of one of the greatest of imaginative writers is to make it as comprehensive as possible, and to include his lesser-known, as well as his most popular works. Jules Verne is universally acclaimed as the founder of modern science fiction and as the author of a number of exciting stories of travel and adventure, but he also produced several historical novels and some acute studies of contemporary life.

The first three books in the series are selected to illustrate several aspects of his work. A Floating City is based on his own experiences when he crossed the Atlantic in the ill-fated Great Eastern, a vessel that was intended to be the greatest achievement of nineteenth-century engineering but which proved to be its greatest failure. The Begum's Fortune, a remarkable work of science fiction, displays its author's gift of foresight, for it contains not only what is probably the first idea of an artificial satellite but a grim foreboding of the modern totalitarian state. Finally, Five Weeks in a Balloon demanded inclusion, for it was through this book that Verne won his success as a writer.

The series is under the general editorship of I. O. Evans, F.R.G.S., compiler of Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction, and for many years an admirer of Verne and a science fiction addict. 

From the back of the dustjacket for Jules Verne and his Work, a review attributed to The Guardian says of the Fitzroy Edition:

In the days of science fiction the old masters are not necessarily outworn; their prescience and vitality remain something to wonder at, even if their world is old-fashioned. The major works of Jules Verne have never been dropped; witness the fabulous success of Round the World in Eighty Days...The volumes in the Fitzroy Edition by I. O. Evans, give in somewhat abbreviated form some of the lesser known novels which I found most entertaining. With his tremendous knowledge and industry, Verne filled pages with detail which is here pruned away to give a quicker narrative.

Fitzroy Edition Jules Verne Checklist
by Andrew Nash

The books in the Fitzroy Edition edited by I. O. Evans, were published in London by ARCO Publications and in Westport, Connecticut by Associated Booksellers in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The first volumes of the series were published by Bernard Hanison, London. Selected titles were reproduced by MacGibbon & Kee and Granada. Finally in the 1980's and onwards, Amereon Ltd (or Amereon Household Ltd) began publishing the titles.
(Note: the Fitzroy Edition also contains books by other authors including Jack London)

Some of the titles in the series were translated by I. O. Evans, while others were simply editted (and abridged!).
There was a requirement by the publishers to have each book in the series be a certain length, approximately 190 pp. Because of this, I. O. Evans did 2 different things. He abridged the stories, so that they would be the required length, and he also broke longer books up into 2 parts, so that the parts would be the required length.
It is because of this "break-up" of books, and the different titles assigned to each half of a book, that has caused some confusion among readers and collectors as to what book is being read. It can be quite difficult to match up a Fitzroy title with the original Jules Verne title!
This list clarifies what the original title of each book was, by using "aka" (also known as), and by using "pt 1: ..." and "pt 2: ..." where necessary.

There are 63 titles in the complete Fitzroy Edition series. These are the Hardcover books, with Dustjackets,  published by Bernard Hanison (London), ARCO (London), & Associated Booksellers (Westport, Connecticut).
There are also 10 titles duplicated in the paperback Fitzroy Edition series. These are the paperback books published by ACE, New York. The image of Jules Verne on the cover of these books is by Ron Miller.
Additionally, I have included at the bottom of the lists, 2 biographical books authored by I. O. Evans about Jules Verne ( Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction - A selection from his writings with a critical study by I. O. Evans & Jules Verne and His Work )

Fitzroy Edition, Hardcover with Dustjacket
Spine Details Var. A Var. B Var. C Var. D
Bernard Hanison (London)
ARCO (London)
Associated Booksellers (Westport, Connecticut)
Macgibbon & Kee (London)

Listing of the 63 titles in the Fitzroy Edition compiled by Andrew Nash
(after the table, there are images of all the covers/dustjackets):
l. Adrift in the Pacific (pt 1: Two Years Vacation)
2. Among the Cannibals (pt 2: Children of Captain Grant)
3. Anomalous Phenomena (pt 1: Hector Servadac) 
4. Around the World in 80 Days
5. At the North Pole  (pt 1: Captain Hatteras) 
6. Begum's Fortune (aka: 500 Millions of the Begum)
7. Black Diamonds (aka: Child of the Cavern)
8. Burbank the Northerner (pt 1: North Against South)
9. Carpathian Castle
10. Chancellor (aka: Wreck of the Chancellor)
11. City in the Sahara  (pt 2: Barsac Mission)
12. Claim on Forty Mile Creek  (pt 1: Golden Volcano)
13. Clipper of the Clouds
14. The Cryptogram (pt 2: Jangada/Giant Raft) 
15. Danube Pilot 
16. Demon of Cawnpore  (pt 1: Steam House) 
17. Down the Amazon  (pt 1: Jangada/Giant Raft)
18. Drama in Livonia 
19. Dropped from the Clouds  (pt 1: Mysterious Island)
20. Dr Ox and Other Stories
21. End of the Journey (pt 2: Thompson and Company, Agents)
22. Five Weeks in a Balloon
23. Flight to France
24. A Floating City
25. Flood and Flame  (pt 2: Golden Volcano) 
26. For the Flag
27. From the Earth to the Moon 
28. Green Ray + The Blockade Runners 
29. Homeward Bound  (pt 2: Hector Servadac) 
30. Hunt for the Meteor  (aka: Chase of the Golden Meteor)
31. Into the Abyss  (pt 2: Family Without a Name)
32. Into the Niger Bend  (pt 1: Barsac Mission)
33. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
34. Leader of the Resistance  (pt 1: Family Without a Name)
35. Masterless Man  (pt 1: Survivors of the Jonathan)
36. Master of the World
37. Measuring a Meridian  (aka: Adventures of 3 Englishmen...) 
38. Michael Strogoff 
39. Mysterious Document  (pt 1: Children of Captain Grant)
40. Mystery of Arthur Gordon Pym  (aka: Sphinx of the Icefields)
41. Package Holiday  (pt 1: Thompson and Company, Agents) 
42. Propeller Island  (aka: Floating Island) 
43. The Purchase of the North Pole 
44. Round the Moon 
45. Salvage from the Cynthia  (aka: Wreck of the Cynthia)
46. School for Crusoes  (aka: School for Robinsons) 
47. Sea Serpent  (aka: Tales of Jean-Marie Cabidoulin)
48. Second Year Ashore  (pt 2: Two Years Vacation) 
49. Secret of the Island  (pt of 2 Mysterious Island) 
50. Secret of Wilhelm Storitz 
51. Show on Ice (pt 2: Caesar Cascabel) 
52. Southern Star Mystery 
53. Sun in Eclipse  (pt 1: Fur Country) 
54. Texar the Southerner (pt 2: North Against South)
55. Through the Bering Straight (pt 2: Fur Country) 
56. Tigers and Traitors (pt 2: Steam House) 
57. Travelling Circus (pt 1: Caesar Cascabel) 
58. Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman 
59. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
60. Unwilling Dictator  (pt 2: Castaways of the Jonathan)
61. Village in the Treetops
62. Wilderness of Ice  (pt 2: Captain Hatteras)
63. Yesterday and Tomorrow

By clicking on the "cover image" below, you will go to a page containing larger images of the covers,arranged approximately 6 images per page, and the page size is approximately 125k

Fitzroy Edition
Hardcover with Dustjacket
Publisher:

  • Bernard Hanison, London
  • ARCO, London
  • Associated Booksellers, Westport, Connecticut
  • Aeonian Press, Mattituck, New York
  • Amerion
1. Adrift in the Pacific
(pt 1: Two Years Vacation)

2. Among the Cannibals
(pt 2: Children of Captain Grant)

3. Anomalous Phenomena
(pt 1: Hector Servadac)

4. Around the World in 80 Days

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

5. At the North Pole
(pt 1: Captain Hatteras)
6. The Begum's Fortune
(aka: 500 Millions of the Begum)
7. Black Diamonds
(aka: Child of the Cavern/ Underground City)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross

8. Burbank the Northerner 
(pt 1: North Against South)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

9. Carpathian Castle

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

10. The Chancellor 
(aka: Survivors/Wreck of the Chancellor)
11. The City in the Sahara
(pt 2: Barsac Mission)
12. The Claim on Forty Mile Creek
(pt 1: Golden Volcano)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

13. The Clipper of the Clouds

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross

14. Cryptogram (The) 
(pt 2: Jangada/Giant Raft)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

15. Danube Pilot

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

16. Demon of Cawnpore 
(pt 1 of Steam House)
17. Down the Amazon 
(pt 1: Jangada/Giant Raft)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

18. Drama in Livonia

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

19. Dropped from the Clouds 
(pt 1: Mysterious Island)
20. Dr Ox and Other Stories
21. End of the Journey 
(pt 2: Thompson and Company, Agents)
22. Five Weeks in a Balloon
23. Flight to France
24. A Floating City
25. Flood and Flame 
(pt 2: Golden Volcano)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

26. For the Flag

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

27. From the Earth to the Moon

Dustjacket Artist:
Michael Jarvis - MK

28. The Green Ray & The Blockade Runners
29. Homeward Bound 
(pt 2: Hector Servadac)
30. Hunt for the Meteor
(aka: Chase of the Golden Meteor)
31. Into the Abyss 
(pt 2: Family Without a Name)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

32. Into the Niger Bend 
(pt 1: Barsac Mission)
33. Journey to the Centre of the Earth

34. Leader of the Resistance
(pt 1: Family Without a Name)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

35. Masterless Man
(pt 1: Survivors of the Jonathan)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

36. Master of the World

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross

37. Measuring a Meridian 
(aka: Meridiana; Adventures of Three Englishmen...)
38. Michael Strogoff
39. Mysterious Document
(pt 1: Children of Captain Grant)
40. Mystery of Arthur Gordon Pym 
(aka: Sphinx of the Icefields)
41. Package Holiday 
(pt 1: Thompson and Company, Agents)
42. Propeller Island
(aka: Floating Island)
43. The Purchase of the North Pole
44. Round the Moon
45. Salvage from the Cynthia
(aka: Wreck of the Cynthia)
46. School for Crusoes
(aka: School for Robinsons)
47. Sea Serpent 
(aka: Tales of Jean-Marie Cabidoulin)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

48. Second Year Ashore
(pt 2: Two Years Vacation)
49. Secret of the Island 
(pt of 2 Mysterious Island)
 

50. Secret of Wilhelm Storitz

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

 
51. Show on Ice
(pt 2: Caesar Cascabel)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

 
52. Southern Star Mystery
 
53. Sun in Eclipse 
(pt 1: Fur Country)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

 
54. Texar the Southerner
(pt 2: North Against South)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

55. Through the Behring Strait 
(pt 2: Fur Country)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

 
56. Tigers and Traitors 
(pt 2: Steam House)
 
57. Travelling Circus 
(pt 1: Caesar Cascabel)

Dustjacket Artist:
William Langstaffe - AB

 
58. Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman 

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

59. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
60. Unwilling Dictator 
(pt 2: Castaways of the Jonathan)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

61. Village in the Treetops
62. Wilderness of Ice
(pt 2: Captain Hatteras)

Dustjacket Artist:
Jozef Gross - AB

63. Yesterday and Tomorrow
Fitzroy Edition Paperbacks
Publisher: ACE, New York
1. Begum's Fortune 
(aka: 500 Millions of the Begum)
1958
Ace Books #H-49
191pp

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

2. Carpathian Castle 
(aka: Castle in the Carpathians)
1963
Ace Books #H-60
190pp

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

3. City in the Sahara
(pt 2: Barsac Mission)
1960
Ace Books #H-43
191pp

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

4. Demon of Cawnpore
(pt 1: Steam House
Ace Books #14253
174pp

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

5. For the Flag
1961
Ace Books #24800
190 pages

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

6. Hunt for the Meteor 
(aka: Chase of the Golden Meteor)
Ace Books #H-78

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

7. Into the Niger Bend
(pt 1: Barsac Mission)
1960
Ace Books #H-41
ISBN:0002008041

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

8. Tigers and Traitors 
(pt 2: Steam House)
1959

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

9. Village in the Treetops
1958
Ace Books #H-67
190pp

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller

10. Yesterday and Tomorrow
1965
Ace Books #H-52

Dustjacket Artist:
Jerome Podwil & Ron Miller


Books on Jules Verne by I. O. Evans


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Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction
1956
Sidgwick and Jackson
London

with Dustjacket and 1 photo (of Verne opposite the title page)
236 pages


Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction
nd
Rinehart & Company, Inc
New York

with Dustjacket and 1 photo (of Verne opposite the title page)


I.O.Evans dedicates the book: To the Memory of Jules Verne

The book contains an Acknowledgement, Preface and 26 page introduction by I. O. Evans, followed by excerpts from Jules Vernes works. The book ends with a bibliography by Kenneth Allott.

Each excerpt is prefaced and concluded by a note from I. O. Evans.

Excerpts included in the book are from (and in the following order):

  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • Round the Moon
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Dropped from the Clouds
  • Secret of the Island
  • The Child of the Cavern
  • Hector Servadac
  • The Begum's Fortune
  • The Steam House
  • The Clipper of the Clouds
  • The Floating Island
  • For the Flag
  • An Antarctic Mystery
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon

Uncredited notes on the dustjacket:
Though Jules Verne is rightly honoured as a pioneer of science fiction, his reputation now rests almost exclusively on a few of his best-known works. While these certainly rank among the classics of the art, they form only a small portion of his tremendous output. Many of his books are noteworthy for their striking and original themes, including intimations of the helicopter, guided missles, and an artifical satellite!
No selection from his work could omit his descriptions of the balloon
Victoria and the submarine Nautilus, of the Columbiad space-gun and its projectile, or of the perils awaiting the explorers of the extinct Icelandic volcano. Other lesser-known passages are also included here, notably his helicopter Albatross, his mechanical elephant, his artificial island, his immense cavern immediately below Loch Katrine, and his enigmatic Sphinx-like rock dominating the South Pole.
The compiler, who has long been a voracious reader of science fiction and is a life-long admirer of Verne, summarises the Master's work in his Introduction and discusses it critically.

I.O.E. wrote the Acknowledgements:
My thanks are due to Messrs. Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. for permission to quote so freely from their editions of Jules Verne's works, from which the great majority of the extracts are taken. The exceptions are the extracts from Five Weeks in a Balloon, A Journey into the Interior of the Earth, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, for which I am indebted respectively to Messrs. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., Messrs Ward Lock & Co. Ltd., and Messrs. William Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd.

My thanks are also due for permission to quote shorter passages: from Boys Will be Boys to Mr. E. SA. Turner and Messrs. Michael Joseph Ltd.; from the introduction to his Scientific Romances to the executrix of the late Mr. H. G. Wells; from Miss Clemence Dane's broadcast to Miss Dane herself and to the British Broadcasting Corporation and to Messrs. The Cresset Press for permission to use the exhaustive and definitive bibliography compiled by Mr. Kenneth Allott and published in his book.

I am, moreover, indebted to the librarians and staffs of the Wandsworth, Westminster and Croydon Public Libraries for their co-operation in placing at my disposal the volumes from which I have quoted.

Finally, my thanks are abundantly due to Mr. Allott himself and to Madame Allotte de la Fuye for the two sources of information on Jules Verne's personal life as well as on his work; and to my Wife for invaluable help not only in the detailed work of preparing the manuscript but in selecting passages likely to be of greatest interest........I. O. E.

I.O.E. wrote the Preface:
My introduction to Jules Verne occurred in my childhood, when a
Journey to the Centre of the Earth was the only readable story in the highly specialized library of a village Sunday school. later I progressed to Round the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and other Verne masterpieces, as well as to H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe. This juvenile reading had far-reaching effects on my life.

It was through interests that began in my early acquaintance with Verne that I have become a "Science-fiction addict", an amateur speleologist, a student of geology, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His influence, too, has greatly affected my own literary work, for my historical stories for juvenile reading, in which appears a strong science-fictional interest, could, I am informed, be aptly described as "Henty crossed by Jules Verne".

I first learned of the so-called "pulp magazines" of the scientifiction school from my friend Mr. A. C. Garrad; in these I found, along with much "space opera", and abundance of really good work. And here, as in the later developments of science-fiction, so ably summarised by Miss Clemence Dane in her broadcast talk, I have been interested to trace the influence, along with that of Poe and Wells, of its pioneer and master, Jules Verne.

In spite of many recent developments, both in science-fiction and in the science on which it is based, several of Verne's works still live, not merely as classics of the art-form but as being as readable as ever: A Journey into the Interior of the Earth, the moon-voyage stories, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (as well as Round the World in Eighty Days, which is not science-fiction and so is not represented in this collection).

The bulk of his work has, however, largely dropped into oblibion, and this includes much that well repays reading. Not all of it was science-fictional; indeed, its greater part consists of "straight" adventure stories of exploration or travel from which strange inventions and gadgets are completely absent. Nor, indeed, are all his science-fiction stories included here; there are no quotations, for example, from The Purchase of the North Pole, or Master of the World. To my great regret I have been unable to quote from Verne's latest books, for these appear unobtainable, either in translation or in the original, and for this reason I could not, as I hoped, include the very last of his works, The Eternal Adam.

None the less the present selection will, I hope, be enough to show the breadth of his interests, the originality and versatility of his mind, his mastery of an adventurous sweep of narrative, and his powers of description. Except for a few minor alterations, of obvious copying errors or incorrect punctuation, I have adhered to the original translations, for the form in which Verne reached the English speaking world is part of his literary history.

Verne brought me much delight in a childhood that was not over-happy, has given me a wide variety of interests, and has been a source of pleasure time and again. If, by reviving interest in his lesser-known works, I can communicate any of that delight to others I shall be glad indeed........ I. O. E.


on page: Cover Images - 13
Jules Verne and His Work
1965
ARCO Publications
London

188 pages
with Verne photo portrait Frontice and 8 additional plates:

  • Jules Verne at 25
  • The 'Time Demon', from Master Zacharius
  • In free-fall, from Round the Moon
  • Jules Verne at the height of his career
  • 'The Steam House', from Tigers and Traitors
  • Aeronef versus aerostat, from Clipper in the Clouds
  • Jules Verne in October 1902
  • 'Onward to immortality and eternal youth'; Jules Verne's tomb at Amiens

original price 30s


Jules Verne and his Work
1966
Twayne Publishers
New York

188 pages


Jules Verne and His Work
1976
Aeonian Press
Mattituck, NY


In the Preface to this book I.O.Evans writes:

...I seek to discuss his stories just sufficiently to enable the reader to decide which of them is likely to enjoy, and to warn him off those which might disappoint him, for it cannot be denied that Verne over-wrote himself and produced some inferior stuff. I have tried to make the treatment I give each book roughly in proportion to its merits; where I deal with it at length the reader might wish to read it for himself, but where I dismiss it in a few sentences, he might, with a few exceptions, prefer to do the same....I. O. E.

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