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L'Île mystérieuse - 1875
Les Naufragés de l'air (Pt 1) - 1874
L'Abandonné(Pt 2) - 1875
Le Secret de l'île(Pt 3) - 1875

Mysterious Island - 1874

"

Original hand drawn by Verne)
carte de L'Ile Lincoln / Lincoln Island map

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

Bibliographic
Reference
French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
 
IM
V013
M42
A33

Alternate English Titles: 

    Mysterious Island (The)
    Abandoned (Part 2 of 3)
    Dropped From the Clouds (Part 1 of 3 Var. A)
    Secret of the Island (The) (Part 3 of 3)
    Wrecked in the Air (Part 1 of 3 Var. B)

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

During the American Civil war, five men:, Captain Cyrus Smith, an engineer; Gédéon (Gideon) Spilett, a reporter; Pencroff a sailor; Harbert (Herbert), a student; Nab (Neb) a cook and Smith's dog Top escape the siege of Richmond, Virginia by balloon. The balloon was launched during a great storm; the wind from the storm blows the balloon and its six passengers on a 6,000 mile journey. They manage to make it to an island, which they determine is in the South Pacific Ocean. Everyone is accounted for except their natural leader Smith and his dog. The engineer and his dog are found under mysterious circumstances, but it is just the first of the island's many mysteries. Through the use of the engineer's vast knowledge, their wits, courage and the occasional help of an unknown force, the men begin to turn this island into their new home. When they complete a small boat, they are able to journey to a nearby island and add another member to their island's population. That man they eventually find out is named Ayrton, who was left on the nearby island for his involvement in the affair of the "Children of Captain Grant" (1868). The castaways survive an invasion by pirates, but their mysterious benefactor later reveals himself to them. Captain Nemo tells them his history and that they may not be able to survive the next attack. That next attack is from the island itself as the island's volcano has begun to stir from its hibernation.

NOTE: The stories Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant (1868), Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers (1870) and this story are all part of a trilogy, with Ayrton and Captain Nemo being the linking characters. Unfortunately, for reasons yet unknown, but probably because this linkage wasn't planned out in advance, the timelines for the three stories are inconsistent. This story takes place near the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and for the two years following; Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers takes place in 1866 and Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant takes place in 1864. Don't try to resolve these discrepancies because it is impossible.


Book Collecting Information:
First UK Serial The Mysterious Island
1874 (March) -1875
St Jame's Magazine
Messrs. Sampson Low and CO.
188, Fleet-street
London

Published in serial form in St Jame's Magazine, starting in March 1874. The Magazine is published Bi-Monthly.
The March issue contained "the opening chapters" as per a small article in "The Derby Mercury", March 25, 1874:
"The numbers of St. Jame's Magazine for the present year show a marked advance in the right direction...Altogether we never were so satisfied with the tone of St Jame's, as we have been this year. The March number contains the opening chapters of a new story, "The Mysterious Island," by M. Verne, wich exhibits the wonderful fertility of imagination possessed by the writer."

An Ad for the first appearance in "The Morning Post", Feb 28, 1874:

and another Ad for this publication from "The Morning Post", London, Aug 28, 1874, as the story continues:

First US Serial The Mysterious Island
1874- April,1876
Scribner's Monthly Magazine
Scribner Armstrong
New York

Scribners April, 1876, concludes Mysterious Island:
"Jules Verne's Mysterious Island reaches a conclusion in this number - the colonists being rescued from the mysterious island by a yacht and returned to their native lands."

First UK Editon:

Part 1:
The Mysterious Island:
Dropped from the Clouds

1875
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
Crown Building,
London

viii, 310pages, 40; ;

Translated by W.H.G. Kingston
40 pages of adverts at end of book dated February 1875
Gilt Edges
Pictorial Blue cloth
(2 images shown)

Part 2:
The Mysterious Island:-Abandoned

1875
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
Crown Building,
London

viii, 304pages

Translated by W.H.G. Kingston
40 pages of adverts at end of book dated February 1875
Pictorial Brown cloth

Part 3:
The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island

1875
Sampson Low
London

viii, 299pages, iii,

40 pp. Publisher's Catalogue

Pictorial Green cloth
Translated by W.H.G. Kingston

An ad in a Sept 13, 1875 newspaper (The Morning Post) says that
vol 1 and vol 2 are "ready" and vol 3 "nearly ready".

You can find many reviews in newspapers of the time that caution that the 3 volumes should all be purchased, like the below ad that says:
"N.B. The above three volumes are sold serarately, but as they really form one intensely interesting, continuous story, readers are respectfully recommended to obtain them all at once, or in the order in which they are given above."

First US
Edition:

Only part 1 was published in this 2 column (large) format



Mysterious Island:
Wrecked in the Air

1875
Scribner Armstrong and Co
654 Broadway, New York

The Authorized Edition
48 illustrations
At the front of the book, certification by Hetzel and Co.
At the back of the book, 1 page of adverts
Advertisement after the title page.
Note: This is only Part 1...the remainder was not published in this format!
The text is arranged in double-column format (like a newspaper!)

Noted in Red/Rust and Green cloth with gilt lettering

First US
Edition:

Part 1:
The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds

1875
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

YES, an 1875 dated Dropped from the CLouds EXISTS!

Information and title image courtesy of Rob Mahrt

Part 2:
The Mysterious Island: Abandoned

1875
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

Translated by W.H.G. Kingston

49 illustrations.
2, viii, 304pgs
8 pp. publisher's catalogue

Part 3:
The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island

1876
Scribner, Armstrong and Company
New York

Translated by W. H. G. Kingston

Image courtesy of Rob Mahrt

1st UK COMPLETE in 1 Volume
This book not listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

1st UK Edition Complete in 1 part:

The Mysterious Island
1876
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
Crown Building,
London

1st US COMPLETE in 1 Volume

Another copy

1st US Edition Complete in 1 part:

Mysterious Island
1876
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

Title Page says:

  • The Mysterious Island
    The Modern Robinson Crusoe


    By Jules Verne
    Author of "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth," "From the Earth to the Mon," "A Floating City," ETC

    Translated from the French by
    W. H. G. Kingston

    Complete in Three Parts
    I Dropped from the Clouds
    II Abandoned
    III Secret of the Island

Below is an Ad for this volume, touting 1200 Pages! (St Louis Post Dispatch, Apr 7, 1876):

Other Editions:
1875


The Mysterious Island: Shipwrecked in the Air
1875
Henry L Shepard
Boston

This was an "unauthorized edition"

1875 ??? I have been unable to verify this!!! and I have searched St Nicholas Magazine***

Abandoned (Mysterious Island)
1876 (February?)
St Nicholas (Magazine):
Scribner's Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys
Scribner & Co., New York and
Sampson Low, Marston & Co, London

"handsomely bound and illustrated"

1876
The Mysterious Island:
with a Map of the Island and a Full Glossary

1876
Office of "The Evening Telegraph," 106 South Third St.
Philadelphia

Translated Expressly for "The Evening Telegraph"
and reprinted from the columns of that Journal

Stephen W. White translation

1876
The Mysterious Island
1876
Household Words Publishing Co
Boston
1876

The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
copyright 1876
Sampson Low
London

Pictorial Green cloth
Translated by W.H.G. Kingston


The Mysterious Island
1876
Donnelly Loyd
Chicago

Lakeside Library

1876

Part 1:
The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds

1876
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

Dropped title image courtesy of Rob Mahrt

Part 2:
The Mysterious Island: Abandoned

1876
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

The Mysterious Island
1876
Evening Telegraph Serial
Philadelphia
The Mysterious Island
1876
Evening Telegraph Reprint Edition
Philadelphia

an ad ends:
"Appended to the reprint of "The Mysterious Island" is a map of the island and a full glossary of all the difficult terms used by the author."

nd - circa 1878

Not Shown Mysterious Island - Dropped From the Clouds
nd
George Munro Publisher
New York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 9x - Single Number, Price 10 cents

Mysterious Island - The Abandoned
nd
George Munro Publisher
Nos. 17 to 27 Vandewater Street, New YorkNew York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 93 - Single Number, Price 10 cents

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

Not Shown Mysterious Island - Secret of the Island
nd
George Munro Publisher
New York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 97 - Single Number, Price 10 cents

The Mysterious Island:
The Secret of the Island

1879
Sampson Low
London

3rd Edition

The Mysterious Island
1880 (MDCCCLXXX)
R. Worthington,
750 Broadway
New York

Frog/Tadpole Cover

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Worthington ALSO has this cover

Brown Cover Shown

nd circa 1880
Mysterious Island
nd circa 1880
William L Allison
New York
nd-circa 1880

Part 2 - Abandoned

Part 3 - The Secret of the Island

Not Shown Mysterious Island - Dropped From the Clouds
nd
George Munro Publisher
New York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 9x - Single Number, Price 10 cents

Mysterious Island - The Abandoned
nd
George Munro Publisher
New York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 93 - Single Number, Price 10 cents

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

Mysterious Island - Secret of the Island
nd
George Munro Publisher
New York

Seaside Library - Vol. V. No. 97 - Single Number, Price 10 cents

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

nd, inscribed 1881
Mysterious Island
nd, inscribed Dec 25, 1881
John W Lovell
New York
1882

Mysterious Island
1882
B Worthington
New York
1883

The Mysterious Island; Abandoned
1883
Sampson Low
London
nd, inscribed 1883
Mysterious Island
nd, inscribed 1883
Belford Clarke and Co
Chicago

Caxton Edition

1883

The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
1880 (?1883?)
Sampson Low
London

Jules Verne's Works
wrappered edition

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

1884

Mysterious Island
1884
Belford Clarke + Co
but Spine - Dohonue Henneberry
Chicago

The Mysterious Island (Part II)
Abandoned

1886
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington
Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street
London

Translated from the French by
W. H. G. Kingston

The Mysterious Island (Part III)
The Secret of the Island

xx
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington
Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street
London

Translated from the French by
W. H. G. Kingston

1889
Mysterious Island
Dropped From the Clouds

Part 1, Mysterious Island
1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

187 pages

9 illustrations

Authors Illustrated Edition

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

1889

Mysterious Island, Part 2
Abandoned

1889
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

Authors Illustrated Edition

192 pages

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

1888

Mysterious Island, Part 3
The Secret of the Island

1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

Authors Illustrated Edition

189 pages

8 illustrations

image used courtesy of www.jules-verne.dk

nd
The Mysterious Island
nd
A L Burt
nd
Mysterious Island
nd
Hurst and Co
1887
Mysterious Island
1887
Burrows Company
Cleveland

Sterling Edition

nd (circa 1887)
Mysterious Island
nd (circa 1887)
Belford Clarke & Co 

Caxton Edition
Brown and Green shown

nd
Mysterious Island
nd
Frank F Lovel
New York

Aldine Edition

1888
Mysterious Island
1888
Mercantile Publishing Co
1889
Mysterious Island: Dropped from the Clouds
1889
Sampson Low
London
1890
Mysterious Island
1890
Donohue Henneberry + Co
Chicago

Caxton Edition

The Mysterious Island
nd - circa 1892
Hovendon Company
17 and 19 Waverley Place
New York

Aldine Edition

nd (circa 1893)
The Secret of the Island
nd (circa 1893)
Sampson Low
London 

6th Edition


The Secret of the Island
nd
Sampson Low
London 

7th Edition

18xx?
Dropped From the Clouds
Mysterious Island, Part 1
18xx
Sampson Low
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

1892
Abandoned
Mysterious Island, Part 2
1892
Sampson Low
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

1894
The Secret of the Island
Mysterious Island, Part 3

1894(?)
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

"Pears' Soap" edition

Author's Illustrated Edition

Translated from the French by
W. H. G. Kingston

2nd image and listing information courtesy of David Linton

The Mysterious Island
1894
Donohue, Henneberry & Co.
407-425 Dearborn St
Chicago

No. 76
The Ideal Library
25 Cents
Aug 1894

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

The Mysterious Island
nd
Donohue, Henneberry & Co.
407-429 Dearborn Street
Chicago

Advanced Edition

The Abandoned
circa 1895
Geo Munros Sons
New York

No. 2145 in Seaside Library

1899

Monkey Brand Ad inside Front Cover of all 3 parts.

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In May 1899, Sampson Low published their three-volume Author's Illustrated Edition of this work (Mysterious Island), priced at 6d each"

The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
nd-circa 1899
Sampson, Low, Marston & Company
London

In wraps

Sixpenny Edition

Authors' Illustrated Edition

The Mysterious Island: Abandoned
nd-circa 1899
Sampson, Low, Marston & Company
London

In wraps

Sixpenny Edition
Authors' Illustrated Edition

The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
nd-circa 1899
Sampson, Low, Marston & Company
London

In wraps

Sixpenny Edition
Authors' Illustrated Edition

Sampson Low Catalogue in this volume shows An Antarctic Mystery, which was published by Sampson Low in 1898

As per ad on the back cover, the title Around the World in Eighty Days should also be in this Sixpenny series, but it is NOT listed in The Jules Verne Encyclopedia.

Collection Andrew Nash

nd - circa 1900

The Mysterious Island
nd - circa 1900
American Publishers Corporation
310-318 Sixth Ave.
New York

Special binding - Linwood Edition (on spine)
Circulating Library of the O'Donohue Coffee Co.
74 Front Street, New York

This book was part of a lending library set up by the O'Donohue Coffee Company.

The rules, below, are pasted to the inside of the cover.

No. 1 says it all:
"Any purchaser of one-pound of our Fifth Avenue Mocha and Java Coffee,
or one pound package of any of our other brands, containing a Library Slip,
may, on presenting the "slip" to the merchant from whom the coffee is purchased,
take out a book."

Collection Andrew Nash

1906

The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
1906
Sampson Low
London

New and Cheaper Edition

translator: W H G Kingston

The Mysterious Island: Abandoned
1906
Sampson Low
London

New and Cheaper Edition

translator: W H G Kingston

The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
1906
Sampson Low
London

New and Cheaper Edition

translator: W H G Kingston

nd
Mysterious Island
nd
A L Burt
New York
nd
The Mysterious Island
nd
A L Burt
New York
1909

The Mysterious Island:
I. Dropped From the Clouds
II. Abandoned
III. The Secret of the Island

1909
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Scribner's Uniform Edition

Known Publication Dates:
1886 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse
1891
1898 Low-Hi-Low U
1909 Low-Hi-Low U Regular

Size: 208mm x 150mm
147 illustrations incl 3 Frontispieces (49+49+49)
Pages numbered:
Dropped From the Clouds:1 to 310
Abandonned: 1 to 304
Secret of the Island: 1 to 299
(illustrations not included in above)
Ad : 11 vol $21.50, 3 vol $7.50
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Regular

**Interesting re 1886 edition.
The last page of Dropped From the Clouds, page 310, has at the bottom: PRESS OF RAND, AVERY, & Co., BOSTON. This is NOT present in my later 1909 edition. (nor is it included at the end of parts 2 and 3!)

Also my copy includes an inscription to Ara Cushman Jr. - Jan 1887, and a sticker on the end pages for W. B. Clarke & Carruth, Booksellers and Stationers. Boston

circa 1910

Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
Mysterious Island: Abandoned

Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island

nd circa 1910
Sampson Low
London

Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
nd circa 1910
Sampson Low
London

Celestial Cover

nd circa 1910

Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
nd, circa 1910
Sampson Low
London

Mysterious Island: Abandoned
nd, circa 1910
Sampson Low
London

Art Deco Style

I am calling this style Art Deco (for now!)

nd (circa 1910)
Mysterious Island
nd (circa 1910)
M A Donohue
Chicago

Jules Verne Series

1915
Mysterious Island: Secret of the Island
1915
J M Dent
London

& E P Dutton + Co
New York

(circa 192x)
The Mysterious Island
(circa 192x)
Grosset and Dunlap

Shown in dustjacket

nd
Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
nd
Sampson Low
London
nd
Mysterious Island: Abandoned
nd
Sampson Low
London
nd (circa 1920)
The Secret of the Island
nd
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London 

Authorized Copyright Edition

nd (circa 1920)
Mysterious Island: Secret of the Island
nd (circa 1920)
Sampson Low
London
1927
Mysterious Island
1927
Scribners + Sons
New York

Dustjacket shown

nd
The Mysterious Island
nd
Grosset and Dunlap Pub
New York
nd (circa 1930)

Secret of the Island
nd (circa 1929)
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

"IMP" Dustjacket and the revealed cover shown

2nd DJ Image courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

Dropped from the Clouds
nd
Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd
London

Author of "Clipper of the Clouds"

2'6p

"IMP" Dustjacket

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

nd - inscribed 1916
Dropped From the Clouds
nd
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London 

Authors copyright edition

Colored frontice by Barban

Seen with inscription Xmas 1916

Also noted with a DustJacket

Abandoned
nd
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London 
1925
The Mysterious Island
nd - inscr 1925
A L Burt Publishers
New York
nd
Mysterious Island
nd
Hurst & Company, Publishers
New York 

Jules Verne Series
with "Explorer"

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

1956
The Mysterious Island
1956
Grosset and Dunlap
New York

Rebound?

1957
The Mysterious Island
1957
The World Publishing Co
New York/Cleveland

Dustjacket shown

Illustrated by Henry C Pitz?

1959
Part 1:
Dropped From the Cloud
s
1959
Bernard Hanison
10 Fitzroy St.
London, W1

Collection Andrew Nash

Part 2:
The Secret of the Island

1959
Bernard Hanison
10 Fitzroy St.
London, W1

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Collection Andrew Nash

1959
Ed Note: I have to research, to see if this exists,
without the Bernard Hanison publisher....

Part 1:
Dropped From the Cloud
s
1959
ARCO Publications
London

Collection Andrew Nash

Part 2:
The Secret of the Island

1959
ARCO Publications
London

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

1959

Part 1:
Dropped From the Clouds

(1959)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages

Collection Andrew Nash

Part 2:
The Secret of the Island

(1959)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Mysterious Island
xx
xx
xx

Movie Tie-in paperback

"Five Union prisoners of war excape by balloon from Richmond to the...Mysterious Island"

1992

(Note, the spine is NOT faded, I just overcorrected to see the lettering!..oops)

The Mysterious Island
nd-Copyright 1992
Self-published Hardcover by Sidney Kravitz
Dover
New Jersey

Translated by Sidney Kravitz

Includes map of Lincoln Island

appears Typed

Hardcover by Turul Bindery Inc.

Note: the Spine is not faded, it IS the same colour as the cover!

Collection Andrew Nash

The Mysterious Island
Wesleyan University Press
2001
Middletown, Conn

First new unabridged translation since 1876 of one of Verne's best-known novels.

Translated by Sidney Kravitz

Edited by Arthur B. Evans

Contents of this volume:
728 pages
44 illustrations
(Note: Introduction and Critical Material by William Butcher)

  • Introduction (by William Butcher)
  • Notes on Previous Translations (by William Butcher)
  • Inception of the Novel
    • The Manuscripts of "Uncle Robinson"
    • The Manuscripts of The Mysterious Island
    • Publication of The Mysterious Island
  • Prefaces to The Mysterious Island, Two Years Vacation, and Second Homeland
    • A Few Words to the Readers of The Mysterious Island
    • Preface to Two Years Vacation
    • Preface -- Why I Wrote Second Homeland
  • Abbreviations
  • The Mysterious Island (Translated by Sidney Kravitz)
  • Notes
  • A Chronology of Jules Verne
  • Select Bibliography
    • Principal Works of Verne Cited
    • Studies of The Mysterious Island
    • Books on Verne
    • The Principal Sources of The Mysterious Island
  • Appendix A: The Origins of The Mysterious Island
  • Appendix B: Verne's Other Writing on the Desert-Island Theme

Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8195-6475-3
Paperback ISBN:
978-0-8195-6559-8
Ebook ISBN:
978-0-8195-7456-5

Collection Andrew Nash

 
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