I. O. Evans, F.R.G.S.
Translator and Editor
of the Fitzroy Edition of Jules Verne books
|Idrisyn Oliver Evans (1894 - 1977)
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (F.R.G.S.)
Evans work editting and translating Jules Verne gained him an entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1979 ISBN: 0-385-14743-0)edited by Peter Nicholls:
NOTE: The franklyn cards website mentioned below quotes from the same book (maybe a different edition), with a few additions: ...South-African born UK civil servant... and ...His first book of sf reference was the nonfiction The World of Tomorrow (1933), about the possible future inventions, partly illustrated with reproductions of artwork from sf magazines, and thus - almost accidentally - the first anthology of sf illustration...
The cigarette card website http://www.franklyncards.com/one/hal3.htm, mentions IO Evans passion for cigarette cards (which, by the way, is reflected in Evans book Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them (1937) ):
But it was his love of Jules Verne that led I. O. Evans 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:
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.
So, the first books in the Fitzroy Edition, can be identified as such because of the Hanison markings:
Note, the first three books published by ARCO, and mentioned in the introduction written by I. O. Evans are:
ARCO went on to publish 63 different titles in the Fitzroy Edition. and they are listed here:
Books on Jules Verne by I. O. Evans
||Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction
Sidgwick and Jackson
Excerpts from Jules Vernes works with a critical study / introduction by I. O. Evans and an uncreditted bibliography
Excerpts included are from:
NOTE: It is interesting to note that the book was published in 1956 with these excerpts, but the first works in the Fitzroy Edition did not appear until 1959. I will need to investigate these excerpts to see if they are the same as the text in the Fitzroy Edition...Andrew Nash
on page: Cover Images - 13
|Jules Verne and His Work
Jules Verne and his Work
Jules Verne and His Work
All the following books are listed with the author or editor as I. O. Evans
Note: I'm not 100% sure this is Idrisyn Oliver Evans, but there can't have been too many I O Evans as authors. Possibly this was written in his civil servant role? In any case, this book can be found in the Columbia University Libraries holdings, call #RM843.Ev1---Andrew Nash
|Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them
Herbert Jenkins Ltd
The book covers the beginnings of cards, types and curiosities. A good book on the collection of early cigarette cards including American. Many illustrations including early American cards. A useful book for the collectors.
NOTE: This IS "our" I O Evans. He was apparently an avid collector
Frederick Warne & Co
|The Observers Book of British Geology (No. 10)
1949 (1st Ed)
Frederick Warne & Co
Forward by Professor H. L. Hawkins
|The Book of Flags by Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell, V.C., D.S.O. (1886-1953) and I O Evans, F.R.G.S.
1950 (1st Ed with Evans uncreditted), 1953 (2nd Ed with Evans creditted), 1957 (3rd Ed with Evans creditted)
Oxford University Press
ISBN:0192731327 & 0192731068
Note: only revisions were by Evans, and Campbell did the original work
|The Observers Book of Flags
Frederick Warne and Co.
London & New York
210pp (or 203pp)?)
The New Observers Series #29
|Inventors of the World
Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd
Different though the work of these inventors was, you will see that they all had much in common. Not only had they a genius which enabled them to work out the answer to problems that baffled others, and to see possibl=ilities that nobody else had noticed; they also had great determination and force of character which enabled them, inspite of untold difficulties and setbacks, to press on undaunted with their work. You may be surprised to see that, far from being helped and encouraged in their labours, they almost all had to fact not only neglect, but active opposition.
includes: Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, The Montgolfier Brothers, Robert Fulton, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edision, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Guglielmo Marconi, John Logie Baird, Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Frank Whittle.
Written in an absorbing, anecdotal style, with that British clear and concise manner.
|***The Fitzroy Edition isn't only Jules Verne***
The following edited and with an introduction by I O Evans
The Scarlet Plague and Before Adam by Jack London
1st Fitzroy Edition with dustjacket
|Rocks, Minerals & Gemstones
Hamlyn Publishing Group
Includes many b+w illustrations and line drawings, and colour plates. This is a very pictorial guide to the fascinating world of rocks, minerals and gemstones.
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