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Cinq Semaines en ballon
Voyage de découvertes en Afrique par trois Anglais. - 1863

Five Weeks in a Balloon - 1869

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Bibliographic
Reference
French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
 
CS
V001
M20
A6

Alternate English Titles:

    Five Weeks in a Balloon 
    5 Weeks in a Balloon

Plot Synopsis (courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml
Dr. Samuel Ferguson and his two associates (Dick Kennedy and Joe) venture to Zanzibar in Africa. It is Ferguson's intention to explore the part of Africa that the Barth and Burton and Speke expeditions were not able to reach. The method by which he will try to accomplish this task is unique, by using a balloon called the "Victoria". 
Book Collecting Information:
First English Edition, in serial form.
Above is the ad from the The Daily News, London

Five weeks in a Balloon is No. 4 in the list of Contents.

The first english review/synopsis of Five Weeks in a Balloon (that appears in the entry below) refers to "The London" as the source for its review.

This entry is the information for that FIRST English publication of Five Weeks In A Balloon.

Five Weeks in a Balloon
appearing in:
The London,
Issue No. 1 of a New Series
London, England
Saturday October 31, 1868

An ad for this publication appeared in:
The Daily News, London, England
October 28, 1868, Page 8
See ad to the left
(and the Page 1 Banner)
The same ad, also appeared in
the Pall Mall Gazette, London, England
October 28 1868, Page 15

Here is the text of that ad:

On Saturday, October 31st, price Sixpence, No 1 of a New
Series of
THE LONDON

A first-class Monthly Magazine

Contents:

  1. Cupid Greybeard. A Story by Tm Hood
  2. The Cote du Nord. By a Five Years’ Resident.
  3. Some memories. By Blanchard Jerrold.
  4. Five Weeks In A Balloon
  5. Only a Tear. By W. H. C. Nation.
  6. Earthquakes
  7. Sensation Scenery. By J. Palgrave Simpson.
  8. The School for Ballet Girls.
  9. A Story. By J. T. Williams.
  10. Here and There.

--Office: 27, Tavistock-street, Strand

In the British Library are listed:

  • The London, City, West-end, and General A.B.C. Advertiser (1868-1868) (this doesn't sound right)
  • The London Mercury: A Journal of general information, Literature, art, and the Drama - 1868-1868 (but this is a weekly!)
  • The London Atlas (1868-1868) (again weekly)

So we have to keep searching

Discovered by Andrew Nash, October 2018

Ed Note: I have not seen any issues of The London to verify what issues Five Weeks in a Balloon is in, but it WAS identified as the source for the below review.

It is also not known at this time, if the text is a William Lackland translation that predates the D. Appleton publication of Feb 1869.

If someone is able to compare the text selections that are quoted in the below review, and the Appleton text, then we might be able to determine if they are the William Lackland translation!

First English Review
(a synopsis)
synopsis to:
Five Weeks in a Balloon
appearing in:
Every Saturday; A Journal of Choice Reading
1868
(December 5, Vol. VI, No. 153, pp 717-721)
Fields, Osgood & Co.
Boston

predessor to the firm James R. Osgood

according to the "Jules Verne Encyclopedia" the foreign source for this review/synopsis is "The London"
(See ABOVE)!!

The text of this synopsis

First UK
Editon:

Five Weeks in Balloon
1870 (June 1)
Chapman and Hall
London

illustrated with 64 illustrations
Blue (and Green?) Cloth

First US
Edition:
 

Cover Detail

***First appearance of a Jules Verne Book in the English Language - go here to see earlier English appearances of a Verne short story***

Five Weeks in a Balloon
1869 (February 20)
D. Appleton and Co.
New York

illustrated with 6 illustrations
Pictorial Green, Red or Brown Cloth

Ad for this publication
(and showing date header)
from The New York Times
Saturday, February 20, 1869, Page 5

NEW PUBLICATIONS.
--------------------------
NEW PUBLICATIONS.
READY THIS WEEK.
D. Appleton & Co.,
NOS. 90, 92 AND 94 GRAND ST.,
Publish this day:
I.
FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON; Or, JOURNEYS
AND DISCOVERIES IN AFRICA BY THREE ENGLISHMEN.
Compiled in French by Jules Verne, from the original
notes of Dr. Ferguson; and done into English by "William Lackland," expressly for D. Appleton &
Co. 1 vol., 12mo., 345 pp.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon: is, in a measure, a satire
on English books of African Travel. So far as the ge-
ography, the inhabitants, the animals, and the features
of the country are described, it is entirely accurate. It
is, in some particulars, a survey of the whole field of
African discovery, and in this way will often serve to
refersh the memory of the reader. The mode of loco-
motion is, of course, purely imaginary, and the inci-
dents and adventures fictitious. The latter are abun-
dantly amusing, and in view of the wonderful "travel=
ers' tales" with which wwe have been entertained by
African explorers. they can scarecely be considered
extravagant; while the ingenuity and invention of
the author will be sure to excite the surprise and even
the admiration of the reader.

Above Feb 20 ad discovered by Andrew Nash

As early as February 27, 1869, some newspapers listed Five Weeks in a Balloon, with the author being William Lackland!!!
See ad here (The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, Page 2)

Note: On March 13, 1869, The New York Times ran an ad for the Appleton book, but this time, it was accidently listed as Four Weeks in a Balloon, and the author as Jules VEME.
See ad here (This is mentioned in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia)
Ed Note: Must have had a bad day "type setting"!

Other books:
1871 (serial) Five Weeks in a Balloon
1871 (serial appearance)
The Youth's Play-Hour
UK
1873 Five Weeks in a Balloon
1873 (November 29)
James R. Osgood
Boston

this "most fully illusttrated American edition" actually has 48 illustrations, arranged on twelve pages in groups of four numbered images

1874 Five Weeks in a Balloon
1874
James R. Osgood
Boston

cover illustration same as the 1873 Osgood edition

1874
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1874
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
London

64 illustrations by Riou
48 pp of ads dated Oct 1873
indicates "Second edition" on title page in deference to the first edition that Chapman printed in 1870

1876
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1876
George Routledge and Sons
London

image courtesy Mike Vis

1876

Journey to the Centre of the Earth and
Five Weeks in a Balloon

1876
George Routledge and Sons
London and New York

Yellowback

2 title pages, the first containing BOTH titles, and the 2nd just Five Weeks ...

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

1876
Wonderful Travels
Containing:
A Voyage to the Centre of the Earth and
Five Weeks in a Balloon

1876
Ward, Lock and Tyler
London

Yellowback

6 colour plates

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

1877
Five Weeks in a Balloion
1877
J B Lippincott
Philadelphia
1877 Five Weeks in a Balloon
(1877)
Goubaud & Son
London

The Jules Verne Library as "the Daisy Books"

1877
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1877 (September 20)
G. Munro
New York

Seaside Library, No. 68
28 pp, 1 illustration

1878 Five Weeks in a Balloon
1878 (December 8 announcement)
Sampson Low
London

Cheaper Edition

1881
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1881
John Wurte Lovell
New York
nd (circa 1880) 
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1880)
Sampson Low
London

"Pears Soap" edition

Pears Soap Edition description

1884
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1884
Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington
London

Authors Illustrated Edition

nd (circa 1885)

Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1885)
American News Co
New York 

Peoples Edition
Gray, Brown and Red shown
Note: one inscribed 1890
also with publisher American Publishing Co.

1887
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1887
Worthington and Co
New York

Franklin Edition


Five Weeks in a Balloon

Franklin Edition, circle

1887
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1887
Pollard and Moss
New York
nd
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd
Richard Butterworth and Co
London
nd (inscr 1889)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (inscr1889)
Butler Bros
New York & Chicago
nd (circa 1890)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1890)
Sampson Low 
London

New and Cheaper Edition

nd (circa 1890)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd circa 1890
Hurst and Co
New York 

Arlington Edition

nd (circa 1890)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd
William L Allison
New York
nd (circa 1890)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1890)
Penny Popular Novels, #24
1892
Five Weeks in a Baloon (sic)
1892
R Worthington
New York

note baloon mispelled

nd-inscribed 1893
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd-inscribed
Ward, Lock, Bowden & Co.
London, New York, Melbourne

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

1893


Five Weeks in a Balloon
1893
Sampson Low
London

Authors Illustrated Edition
190 pp

nd (inscribed 1893)
Five Weeks in a Balloon &
Journey to the Centre of the Earth

nd (inscribed 1893)
Hutchinson and Co
London
nd-inscr 1896

Five Weeks in a Balloon
and Journey to the Centre of the Earth

nd-inscribed 1896
Hutchinson & Co.
25, Paternoster Square
London

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

nd (inscr 1907)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd-inscribed 1907
Chatterton Peck Co
New York
nd (circa 1912)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1912)
Sampson Low
London
nd 
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd
Ward Lock and Co
London 

Jules Verne Series (Sea Serpent)

nd (circa 1920)
nd (circa 1920)

Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (circa 1920)
Sampson Low
London
1920
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1920
Sampson Low
London

Authors Copyright Edition

1921
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1921
Ward Lock and Co
London
1935
Five Weeks in a Balloon
nd (inscribed 1935)
Sampson Low
London 

Dust Wrapper Shown

nd
Cover

Title Page:

Five Weeks in a Ballon
nd
Haldeman-Julius Company
Girard, Kansas

On the title page:
An Abridged Translation of Jules Verne's
Stirring Romance by
Charles J. Finger

Little Blue Book
Pocket Series No. 482
Edited by E. Haldeman-Julius

1954
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1954
Didier Publishers
New York 

Shown with Dustjacket

1958
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1958
Bernard Hanison
London 

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Collection Andrew Nash

1958
Five Weeks in a Balloon
(1958)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn. 

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

1958
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1958
W G Bebbington
London

Shown in Dustjacket

2015
Edition Magnifique certificate zoom

Five Weeks in a Balloon
Wesleyan University Press
2015
Middletown, Conn

First complete English translation of Verne’s debut novel from 1863

Early Classics of Science Fiction Series

Contents of this volume:
396 pages
81 illustrations

  • Introduction: Verne Takes Off
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon: Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa (translated by Frederick Paul Walter)
  • Notes on the Translation
  • Gallery of Heroes
  • Notes
  • Bibliogrpahy
  • Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
  • About the Contributors

ISBN-10: 081957547X
ISBN-13: 978-0819575470 (Hardcover Buy from Amazon )

Collection Andrew Nash

Selected French Editions

1952
Cinq Semaines en Ballon
1952
Hachette
France

Bibliotheque Verte
dustjacket shown

Uncatalogued:

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