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L'Archipel en feu - 1884

The Archipelago on Fire - 1885

51 illustrations by Leon Benett

[Voyages Extraordinaires #26 - 1 Volume - L'Europe]

Image used with permission from
Project Jules Verne Illustrations by Bernhard Krauth, www.jules-verne-club.de

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Alternate English Titles:
     Archipelago on Fire

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml
Nicholas Starkos, captain of the Karysta returns to Vitlyo, Greece only to be denied entry into the home where he was born by his own mother who denounces what he has become. In the late 1820's (around the time of Verne's birth) the Greeks and Turks were at war. Lt. Henry d'Albaret of the French navy, along with other Frenchmen has joined the Greeks in this conflict. Henry is wounded during a battle and after his recovery meets Hadjine Elizundo the charming daughter of his banker. Plans are put into place for the two to get married, until Nicholas Starkos comes to the banker making demands of his own for Hadjine's hand in marriage. Hadjine wants nothing to do with Nicholas Starkos and discovers the secret that Starkos holds over her father. After her father's death, she is freed from the need to marry Starkos but also feels that because of her father's dealings that she is unworthy to marry an honest man like Henry d'Albaret. Hadjine begins taking steps to right her father's wrongs and clear his name. Meanwhile, the distraught Henry d'Albaret has returned to the fighting of the war, that is until he is given command of the ship Syphanta that cruises the Greek archipelago in search of the pirates that have been taking advantage of the Greek and Turkish conflict. The most notorious of these pirates (and suspected leader of them all) is Sacratif. d'Albaret's search for Sacratif takes him to Crete, where he gets into a showdown with the pirate who also has an interest in marrying Hadjine Elizundo.
Book Collecting Information:

This listing contains ALL Jules Verne Encyclopedia bibliographic entries for this book.

*** The first US Hardcover editions, are those by George Munro. Scribners, Osgood, etc NEVER published this title! ***
First British Editon - 1885, Dec:
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In December 1885, Sampson Low published the first British edition of The Archipelago on Fire, in post 8vo., priced at 7s6d."

This translation opens:
On the 18th of October, 1827, about five o'clock in the evening, a small Levantine vessel was heading close-hauled for Vitylo, in the Gulf of Koron, endeavouring to reach that port before night-fall."

The Archipelago on Fire
1885
Sampson Low, Marston and Rivington
London

First US Edition - Variant A - 1885, Mar 14:
In Wraps
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On February 23, 1885, George Munro copyrighted Archipelago on Fire, and two deposit copies were received by the Library of COngress on March 6, 1885
By March 14, 1885, Munro published The Seaside Library pocket edition No. 395, 102 pages ... priced at 10 cents."

This translation opens:
"On the 18th of October, 1827, about five o'clock in the evening, a little Levantine vessel was taking advantage of a fresh breeze in order to reach the port of Vitylo, at the entrance to the Gulf of Coron, before night-fall."

The Archipelago on Fire
1885
George Munro, New York 

Seaside Library Edition, No. 395,
March 14, 1885
Wrappered
102 pages
10 cents

First US Edition - Variant B - 1885, Mar 14:
In Wraps
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On February 23, 1885, George Munro copyrighted Archipelago on Fire, and two deposit copies were received by the Library of Congress on March 6, 1885
By March 14, 1885, Munro published ... the quarto edition No. 1980, 28 pages ... priced at 10 cents."

This translation opens:
"On the 18th of October, 1827, about five o'clock in the evening, a little Levantine vessel was taking advantage of a fresh breeze in order to reach the port of Vitylo, at the entrance to the Gulf of Coron, before night-fall."

The Archipelago on Fire
1885
George Munro
New York

No. 1980
28 pages
10 cents

First US Edition:

Other Editions:

1886
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
1886
Sampson Low, Marston and Rivington
London

with 50 illustrations

1886

This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

"Colonial Edition" ed: I think**

The Archipelago on Fire
1886
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

199 Pages, 50 illustrations

Maroon and Gilt Binding, Plain cover, gilt titles on spine
Spine says Sampson Low Marston & Co. Limited on spine?

Price on back 7/6 (blind stamped)

Page edges plain not gilt

Next to title page says For list of Books by Jules Verne see page 199 – but there is no list.

Ed: I am making an assumption here that this is a Colonial Edition. These editions are meant for sale outside of Great Britain, in the colonies (Canada, etc). Sampson Low AND other publishers many times say "Colonial Edition" on spine or title page. This book, and others (North Against South, Tigers and Traitors ... ) do NOT say that.

Images and details courtesy of Philip Hollaway

One of the following 2 Munro Hardcover editions, would be the 1st US edition (hardcover) !!!???
1885 or 1886
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
1885 or 1886
George Munro's Sons
New York 

nd (copyright1885)
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
nd (copyright 1885)
George Munro's Sons
New York 

Crescent Edition

Brown boards
Embossed on front cover
silver lettering on spine

12mo. 102 pages, then 28 pages.
Includes short stories (NOT by Jules Verne) The Wreck of the "Grosvenor", The Loss of the "Royal George", On the Keys of Honduras"

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"George Munro later issued this title as No. 213 in the Victor Series of Paper Books, 102 pages, priced at 25 cents."

The Archipelago on Fire
md
George Munro's Sons, Publishers
17 to 27 Vanderwater Street,
New York

The Victor Series of Paper Books
No 213
102 pages
25 cents

Image Courtesy of Dana Eales

1888

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In November 1887, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper Edition of The Archipelago on Fire, in square 16mo., priced at 3s6d."

The Archipelago on Fire
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington Limited
St. Dunstan's House
Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C.
London

New and Cheaper Edition

50 illustrations

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

?1888?
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1888, Sampson Low published The Archipelago on Fire, in post 8vo., priced at 1s."

Ed: This is the most logical for this cover, being famously 1 Shilling in price.

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

Jules Verne's Works

1888

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1888, Sampson Low published The Archipelago on Fire, in post 8vo., priced at 1s."

Ed: Do the Pears cost 1s like the Jules Verne's Works?

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

Pears Soap Edition

1888

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1888, Sampson Low published The Archipelago on Fire, i
n post 8vo., priced at 1s."
(same entry as above)

Ed: Do the Pears cost 1s like the Jules Verne's Works?

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

Pears Soap Edition

"Illustrated"

6 illustrations

198 pages + 1 page Catalogue

Collection Andrew Nash

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By January 12, 1890, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Arhipelago on Fire, priced at 1s."

The Archipelago on Fire
1890
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In the 1890s, George Munro's Son's published The Archipelago on Fire as No. 286 in the Savoy Series."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd
George Munro's Son's
New York

No 286
Savoy Series

1894/1897
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By June, 1894, George Munro's Son's published The Archipelago on Fire as No. 247 in Munro's Library of Popular Novels."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd
George Munro
New York

No. 247
Munro's Library of Popular Novels

The copy on the left has a date of March 16, 1897

1893 circa
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
nd - copyright date 1893
Seaside Library Edition
George Munro's Sons,
New York

1894
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
1894
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Pears Soap Edition

1897

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1896, Sampson Low published The Archipelago on Fire, in 8vo., priced at 3s6d."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd (inscribed 1897)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London 

New and Cheaper Edition

Green and Gray and Blue Cloth shown

Image for Blue and Title page courtesy of Glenn Gretlund

1900
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
(1900)
Geo Munro's Sons
New York

Seaside Library No. 395

This book, though having copyright dates on the cover of 1893, is dated by ads as 1900 because of an ad inside for Mrs. Wilsons 60th anniversary (1840-1900)

nd - circa 1900-1913
n
This Book NOT listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Archipelago on Fire
nd
The Grant Educational Co., Limited,
Glascow Book Saloons,
91 and 93 Union Street.
Glascow

Illustrated

See also:

  • The Green Ray
  • Mathias Sandorf
  • North Against South
  • Will of an Eccentric

see "sets" page for Grant Educational editions


Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"For Christmas 1905, Sampson Low published this title as a reissue of works by the late Jules Verne. These books are fully illustrated uniform copyright editions, priced at 2s6d."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd(?)
Sampson Low, Marson & Company
London 

New and Cheaper Edition

Art Deco Heart series

"printed by Rea and Inchbould which dates it to pre-1907"

coloured frontispiece + 4 other plates
by Leon Benett

ed: because of the pre-1907 comment made by a bookseller, this has to be the 1905 or the 1906 Sampson edition.

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"For Christmas 1906, Sampson Low published this title in the fully illustrated uniform copyright edition, priced at 2s6d."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd(?)
Sampson Low
London 

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1910, for Christmas, sampson Low published The Archipelago on Fire in the crown 8vo., handsomely bound cloth gilt edition in the New Illustrated 2s Series for Boys, with colored and other illustrations."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd-1910
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London 

gilt edges
(?? New and cheaper edition
red pictorial cloth showing 3 ships
pp vi, 198 ??)

Coloured and other illustrations

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Around 1912, Stein published their 25-cent edition of Archpelago on Fire."

The Archipelago on Fire
nd-circa 1912
Stein

25 cents

1920
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In August 1923, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper Edition of The Archipelago on Fire, crown 8vo., priced at 1s6d."

The Archipelago on Fire
1920
Sampson Low
London 

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