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Rayon vert - 1882 

The Green Ray: A Romance of the Scottish Highland - 1883

French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
RV
V023
M31
A53


(Hetzel book postser announcing Rayon-Vert as new book)

Alternate English Titles:

    Green Ray (The) 
    Green Ray (The): A Romance of the Scottish Highland 


    (image from title page of english 1st edition)


Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)
A young girl refuses to marry the man her uncles have selected for her until she sees the "Green Ray."

Legend has it that this is an indication of true love.

NOTE: The "Green Ray" is a real phenomenon in nature, where a "Flash" of green light may be seen in ideal conditions, as the sun disappears below the horizon.

See Weatherwise, Dec1996/Jan1997 issue:


Book Collecting Information:

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

First English
Editon:
Publishers Catalogue Nov 1882
Ocre

Publishers Catalogue Nov 1883
Purple..................................Gray

Publishers Catalogue unknown
Red

More examples:
Ocre .............................Purple

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In September 1883, Sampson Low published the first British edition of The Green Ray, translated by Mary de Hautville, in two crown 8vo. versions, priced at 5s and 6s respectively. The front cover pictures Helena and Oliver with eyes fixed upon each other as a small group standing behind them witness the "Green Ray." "

This translation opens:

"Betty!"
"Bess!"
"Betsy!"
One after another these names re-echoed through the hall of Helensburgh; it was the way the brothers Sam and Sib had of summoning their housekeeper.

The Green Ray
1883 (September)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington,
Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street,
London

312 Pages,
44 Full-page Illustrations + Frontice by L Benett
Floral patterned endpapers
Pictorial
- Ocre (Brown) Cloth
- Purple Cloth
- Gray (Cream?) Cloth
- Red Cloth

Translated from the French by
Mary de Hauteville

Ed Note: There appear to be 2 versions of this First Edition.

  1. Publishers Catalog dated Nov 1882 - 32 pp
  2. Publishers Catalog dated Sept 1883 - 32 pp

First US Edition:   Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1965, the I. O. Evans version of the de Hauteville translation was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The Green Ray, and the Blockade Runners, 191 pages, priced at $2.75 in America (Associated Booksellers)". and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."

The Green Ray & the Blockade Runners
(1965)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn

191 Pages

Fitzroy Edition
dustjacket shown

Other Editions:
1883
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By October 20, 1883, George Munro published The Green Ray in the Seaside Library quarto papercover edition, No. 1716, priced at 10 cents. This translation is by James Cotterell, of the New York Bar. The quarto edition was republished by May 1, 1884. However, no pocket edition was published."

This translation opens:

"Bet."
"Bess."
"Betsy."
"Betty."
Such were the appelations that were heard successively in the magnificent Hall of Helensburgh.
It was Brother Sam's and Brother Sib's way of expressing themselves when they desired to call the housekeeper in charge of their establishment.

The Green Ray
1883
George Munro
New York

Seside Library, No. 1716
10 cents
In Wraps

1884
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1884, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Green Ray, in crown 8vo., priced at 1s."

The Green Ray
A Romance of the Scottish Highlands

1884
Sampson Low
London

1 shilling / Jules Verne's Works

Wrappers

Image provided by Dana Eales

1885
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1885, Sampson Low published another less expensive edition of The Green Ray."

The Green Ray
1885
Sampson Low
London

nd

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

The Green Ray
A Romance of the Scottish Highlands

nd (circa 1890)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

"Pears Soap" edition

160 pagess

Top image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

nd

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"By January 12, 1890, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Green Ray, priced at 1s."
(same entry as above)

The Green Ray
A Romance of the Scottish Highlands

nd (circa 1890)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

"Pears Soap" edition

Translated from the French by Mary de Hauteville

7 illustrations

160 pages

Collection Andrew Nash

nd - circa 1900-1913


This entry is NOT in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

Nice uncommon early Scottish printing of this novel that is set in the Scottish Highlands

The Green Ray
nd-inscribed 1913
The Grant Educational Co., Limited
Glascow Book Saloons,
91 and 93 Union Street,
Glascow

Translated from the French by
Mary de Hauteville

Bound in original flexible "leather effect" maroon cloth,
with J.V. monogram on the upper cover
Page edges Gilt all-round

Fully illustrated with 44 illustrations + Frontice (just as Sampson Low)

Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

See also:

  • Mathias Sandorf (2 parts)
  • Archipelago on Fire
  • North Against South
  • Will of an Eccentric

see "sets" page for Grant Educational editions

1965
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1965, the I. O. Evans version of the de Hauteville translation was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The Green Ray, and the Blockade Runners, 191 pages, priced at $2.75 in America (Associated Booksellers)". and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."

The Green Ray and the Blockade Runners
1965
ARCO Publications
London

191 Pages

Fitzroy Edition
dustjacket shown

*** The below entries are not in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia. ***

2009
The Green Ray
2009
Luath Press Limited
Edinburgh

translated by: Karen Loukes
with an afterward by Professor Ian Thompson

A new translation of the complete text with illustrations

ISBN-10: 1905222122 ( Buy from Amazon )

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