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L'École des Robinsons - 1882

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery - 1883

51 illustrations by Leon Benett and and Méaulle (?)

[Voyages Extraordinaires #22 - 1 Volume - Le Cycle des Robinsons]

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

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Alternate English Titles:

    School for Robinsons - literal translation!
    Robinson's School
    School for Crusoes
    Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery
    Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
    An American Robinson Crusoe

Plot Synopsis:
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml

Godfrey Morgan of San Francisco, California will only consent to marry, after he is allowed to cruise around the world. His uncle, William Holderkup, consents to this demand, so he lets Godfrey go along with his instructor in deportment, Professor Tartlett. Together they become the only survivors of a "shipwreck."


Book Collecting Information:
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This listing contains ALL Jules Verne Encyclopedia bibliographic entries for this book.

US First Edition - 1883, January
Paper Wraps
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By January 1, 1883, George Munro published their first edition of Robinson's School and by January 31, 1883, their third edition had been pubished in the Seaside Library quarto edition, 24 pages, No. 1519, papercover, priced at 10 cents. No pocket edition was published."

This translation opens:
"'An island for sale, to the highest bidder. For cash!' Shouted Dean Felporg, the auctionerr, over again, as he announced the condtions of this singular sale."

Robinson's School
Seaside Library No. 1519
24 pages
1883 (January)
George Munro
New York

price: 10 cents

The story begins:

First US Serialization: 1883, Oct

***Not mentioned in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

An American Robinson Crusoe
"L'Ecole des Robinsons."*
editors footnote:
*This is the author's title. An English translation of it has appeared (price $2), under the title of "Godfrey Morgan: a California Mystery."

An American Robinson Crusoe
L'Ecole des Robinsons
.
Redpath's Weekly
1883 (Oct 5 - Oct 19)
No. 358 to 360
Redpath's Weekly
No. 6, Park Place, Box 2120,
New York

Translated by: J. C. Curtin,
for Redpath's Weekly

Published at:
No. 6, Park Place, Box 2120, New York
every friday morning

Editor: James Redpath

This translation begins:
"Chapter I. In which the Reader is afforded the Opportunity of Buying an Island in the Pacific Ocean
"AN ISLAND FOR SALE - for cash down - to the highest bidder!" repeated, over and over again, Dean Felporg, the auctioneer, in the room where the conditions of this strange sale were discussed."

First English Editon: 1883, Mar

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In March 1883, Sampson Low published the first British edition of Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery, in square 16mo., priced at 7s6d, translated by W J Gordon. Pictured on the front cover are a scored of lions and tigers being fired upon by Godfrey from a window in the bark of a sequoia tree."

This translation opens:
"'An island to sell, to the highest bidder!' said Dean Felporg, the auctioneer, standing behind his rostrum in the room where the condition of the singular sale were being noisily discussed."

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
1883 (March)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington
London

With 48 engraved plates, including a frontispiece, by Benett

Publisher's catalogue dated November 1882

price: 7s6d

First US Edition: 1883, Oct



Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By October 6, 1883, Scribner's Sons published Godfrey Morgan: a California Mystery, from the English sheets of Sampson Low, no year on the title page, viii and 272 pages, illustrated, pictorial cloth, priced at $2."

Godfrey Morgan, A California Mystery*
nd - 1883 (October)
Charles Scribners Sons
New York

*Title page says: A Californian Mystery

Spine has "Godfrey Morgan" shadowed in Gilt, Jules Verne is in Gilt, and Scribners is in Gilt.

As per JV Encyclopedia:
Scribner did not issue Godfrey Morgan again, even as part of their Uniform Edition.

Other Editions:
1883, October

Shown below, a previous sale of individual numbers of the Boy's Own Paper, before bound into an Annual Volume.
Shown are parts 1883, Oct.#45, Nov#46, Dec#47.

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"This work also appeared in The Boy's Own as Godfrey Morgan in issues found in annual volume 5, which colvered the period from October 1883 through September 1884."

Boy's Own
Godfrey Morgan

Volume 5 - Starting page 4
1883 (October) to 1884 (September)
Boy's Own Paper / The Boy's Own Annual
London

Boy's Own DETAILS

1885, July

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1885, Sampson Low published a New Edition of Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery in square 16mo.,priced at 3s6d."

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
1885
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington
Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street
London

New and Cheaper Edition

Images courtesy of Glenn Gretlund

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In December 1885, Sampson Low published Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery, in post 8vo., priced at 1s."

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
?nd
Sampson Low
London

in Wrappers
"One Shilling"

Jules Verne's Works

nd-Book Plate 1893
Ed: It is a guess that this is the volume described here

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In August 1886, Sampson Low published a Cheap Edition in post 8vo., priced at 2s."

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
nd-Book Plate 1893
Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Ed: It is a guess that this is the volume described above

Gilt Banner

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

Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery
1890
Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

1892

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1892, Sampson Low published another edition of Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery."

Godfrey Morgan, A Californian Mystery
1892
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

2 examples shown to left

"Pears Soap" Edition - Plain

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1892, Sampson Low published another edition of Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery."

Godfrey Morgan, A Californian Mystery
18xx
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

"Pears Soap" Edition - Banner

nd - 1899? seen inscribed 1906


Which Sampson Low edition is this one???

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1892, Sampson Low published another edition of Godfrey Morgan: A California(n) Mystery."

Is this the Sampson Low edition described???

Godfrey Morgan, A Californian Mystery
nd - 1899
Sampson Low Marston and Co
Limited
St. Dunstan's House
Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C.
London

New and Cheaper Edition

Gray volume seen inscribed 1906

3rd Image courtesy of Dana Eales

Copyright - 1911 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1911, Vincent Parke and Company published the fifteen-volume sest, Works of Jules Verne, edited and introduced by Charles F Horne. Volume thirteen contains the Gordon translation of The Robinson Crusoe School from the editions oublished by Sampson Low, and Scribner."

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1914, for Christmas, Sampson Low published three Editions of Godfrey Morgan, in the New Illustrated Shilling Series for Boys, crown 8vo., cloth gilt, priced at 1s..."

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1914, for Christmas, Sampson Low published three Editions of Godfrey Morgan, ... in the crown 8vo., handsomey bound cloth gilt edition in the New Illustrated 2s Series for Boys, with coloured and other illustrations; ..."

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1914, for Christmas, Sampson Low published three Editions of Godfrey Morgan, ... and in the New Illustrated 2s6d series for Boys, with coloured and other illustrations."

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In August 1923, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper Edition of Godfrey Morgan: A California Mystery, crown 8vo., priced at 1s6d."

Ed: The Jules Verne Encyclopedia is very unclear/generic on the Sampson Low editions. It will take some time, but the below Sampson Low editions: Big Ship, Taj, Celestial etc. will have to be inserted into the above entries. It will take some research to figure out when each variant was first released!
Ed: To be filed above!
nd (circa 1930)
Godfrey Morgan
nd (circa 1930)
Sampson Low
London

Onion Dome/Taj Mahal Cover

Ed: To be filed above!
nd - 1923
Godfrey Morgan:
A Californian Mystery

nd - presented 1923
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London and Edinburgh

Author's Copyright Edition

Big Ship Cover

Ed: To be filed above!
nd
Godfrey Morgan
nd
Samson Low Marston and Co
London 

Author's Copyright Edition

Celestial Edition

2 examples shown

Ed: To be filed above!
nd - ?1924?
Godfrey Morgan
nd
Samson Low Marston and Co
London 

Dustjacket shown

Red cover under DJ, but what cover design?

Title Specific Dustjacket

1965

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1966, I. O. Evan's brutally abridged translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The School for Crusoes, 191 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO)."

A School for Crusoes
1965
ARCO Publications
London

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

1965

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1966, I. O. Evan's brutally abridged translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The School for Crusoes, 191 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO)."

A School for Crusoes
(1965)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

1970

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1966, I. O. Evan's brutally abridged translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The School for Crusoes, 191 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO)."

A School for Crusoes
1970
Associated Booksellers
Bridgeport, Conn

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

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