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L'Île à hélice - 1895 

Propeller Island - 1896

French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
IH
V043
M23
A78
Alternate English Titles: 
    Floating Island (The)
    Floating Island or the Pearl of the Pacific
    The Self-Propelled Island

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

A French string quartet (Sébastien Zorn, Frascolin, Yvernes and Pinchinat), traveling from San Francisco to their next engagement in San Diego, is diverted to Standard Island. Standard Island is an immense man-made island designed to travel the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The wealth of residents of the island can only be measured in millions. The quartet is hired to play a number of concerts for the residents during their tour of the islands (Sandwich, Cook, Society, etc.) of the South Pacific. The island seems an idyllic paradise; however, it is an island divided in two. The left half's population is led by Jem Tankerdon and is known as the Larboardites. The right half's population is led by Nat Coverley and is known as the Starboardites. Despite the obstacles encountered on their journey, the two parties have a disagreement that threatens the future of the island itself.

Timeframe of novel: Events take place in 20th Century


Book Collecting Information:

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

First English Editon:

Deluxe Edition

Standard Edition

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In August 1895, Sampson Low's Select List of Books in all Departments of Literature announced Screw Island, by Jules Verne, as "in the press", This interim title was changed and finally published as The Floating Island in October 1896, in crown 8vo., with 80 illustrations, cloth extra, gilt edges, priced at 6s."

Screw Island mention (kind of) in 1896
(Belfast News Letter):

Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific

1896
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London

382 pages

Deluxe Edition
Beveled boards
Title ON gilt
Jules Verne flag gilt

Standard Edition
NON-Beveled boards
Jules Verne flag NON-gilt
AND Title text in gilt, vs Text ON gilt

Lower, Standard edition Images courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

First US Edition:
(the ONLY
Fully Illustrated US Edition)

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On November 27, 1897, W. L. Allison Company advertised among their "Holiday Publications" the Fireside Series with included 29 titles by Verne and other popular adventure story writers. Allison published the only fully illustrated American edition of The Floating Island. This book is bound in tan pictorial cloth showing the "island" on the front cover as viewed from the sea, and the figure of a man looking through a spyglass on the spine."

The Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific

nd [1900]
W L Allison Company Publishers
New York

79 illustrations

Thanks to B. Kutzera

Other Editions:
 
(1897)

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1897, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Floating Island, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

The Floating Island
{1897}
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London

New and Cheaper Edition

nd
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Soon after, Sampson Low published the MacGregor Library Edition of The Floating Island, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

Notice re Macgregor edition, from 1895:
(The Pall Mall Gazette)

The Floating Island
nd
Sampson Low,
London

Macgregor Copyright Library For Boys Edition

nd
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1903, Hurst and Company published a nice reprint edition of Floating Island with numerous illustrations, in Hurst's Young America Library, priced at 50 cents"

Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific

nd-1903
Hurst and Company Publishers
New York

382 pages
? 79 illustrations ?
List of 8 titles before list of illustrations

Explorer Series

nd Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1903, Hurst and Company published ... a cheap reprint edition in the New Argyle Series, priced at 30 cents."

Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific

nd-1903
Hurst and Company Publishers
New York

New Argyle Series

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Around Christmas 1903, Donohue Brothers reprinted a partially illustrated edition of Floating Island, bound in decorative red cloth with black embossing."

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

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

nd-inscr 1908
The Floating Island
nd-inscr 1908
Hurst & Co.
New York
nd-1915
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In November 1914, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper Edition of The Floating Island, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s."

Above description most likely the Sampson Low to the left.

Floating Island
nd-catalog 1915
Sampson Low
London

It has been noted, that a 16 page catalogue at the back of this book, has an entry indicating a certain book is being released in 1915!

Also noted, with 1919 inscription

Big Ship Cover

nd (inscribed 1921)
Floating Island
nd (inscribed 1921)
Hurst and Co,
New York
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In May 1923, Sampson Low published a Cheap Edition of The Floating Island in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

No idea if the above description is the Book to the left.!

Floating Island
nd (Circa 19-teens)
Sampson Low
London

"Celestial cover" / "Paste Down cover" series

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In August 1923, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper edition in crown 8vo., priced at 1s6d."

No idea if the above description is the Book to the left.!

The Floating Island
nd
Sampson Low
London

Monkey/Jungle Cover

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In March 1925, Sampson Low published The Floating Island in the Supplementary Readers: Boys series, crown 8vo., priced at 2s."

No idea if the above description is the Book to the left.!

The Floating Island
nd
Sampson Low
London

Small Ship Cover

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In July 1925, Sampson Low published The Floating Island, crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

Above description most likely the Sampson Low to the left. (and based on the DJ(Imp) & date of Adrift in the Pacific)

The Floating Island
nd
Sampson Low
London

Onion Dome/Taj Mahal Cover

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In May 1927, Sampson Low published The Floating Island in the Supplementary Readers: Boys series, 12mo., priced at 2s."

No idea if the above description is the Dustjacket/Book combination to the left.!

The Floating Island
nd
Sampson Low
London

1929
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1929, Victor Gollancz published the mammoth 1168 page omnibus volume entitled simply Novels, edited by H. C. Harwood, London, 8vo., in which Floating Island is included. The cloth edition was priced at 12s6d."
*** The Dustjacket to the left shows a price of 8s6d!***

Novels:
The omnibus Jules Verne:
Twenty Thousaned Leagues Under the Sea
& Around the World in Eight Days, & Floating Island
&The Blockade Runners
& Hector Servadac

1929
(Victor) Gollancz
London

price 8s6d

1168 pages

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Longmans in Toronto later published Novels, priced at $2.50."

1956
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1956, Sidgwick and Jackson (London), and Rinehart and Company (New York) published I. O. Evan's Jules Verne Master of Science Fiction, which contains selections from various works by Jules Verne, including "The Fate of the Floating Island" from The Floating Island."

Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction
1956
Sidgwick and Jackson
London

with Dustjacket and 1 photo (of Verne opposite the title page)
236 pages

1956
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1956, Sidgwick and Jackson (London), and Rinehart and Company (New York) published I. O. Evan's Jules Verne Master of Science Fiction, which contains selections from various works by Jules Verne, including "The Fate of the Floating Island" from The Floating Island."

Jules Verne: Master of Science Fiction
nd
Rinehart & Company, Inc
New York

with Dustjacket and 1 photo (of Verne opposite the title page)

1961
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1961, the I. O. Evans abridged version of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled Propeller Island, 192 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."

Propeller Island
1961
ARCO Publishers
London

191 pages
Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

1961
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1961, the I. O. Evans abridged version of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled Propeller Island, 192 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."
(Same entry as above)

Propeller Island
(1961)
Associated Bookssellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages
Fitzroy Edition

Dustjacket

Collection Andrew Nash
1965
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"It was also published in England by Panther paperbacks."

Propeller Island
They created a floating hell...and called it Utopia

1965
Panther
London

1977
Not listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia.

Propeller Island
1977
Granada
London

Dustjacket shown

1990
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Kegan Paul published The Floating Island in the Fall of 1990, in the Pacific Basin books series. It was a reprint of the Allison edition but without illustrations and including a new introduction by Kaori O'COnnor, 280 pages, papercover editon, priced at $14.95."

The Floating Island
1990
Pacific Basin

2015
This edition published after the Jules Verne Encyclopedia publication date.

The Self-Propelled Island
2015
University of Nebraska Press
Lincoln and London

ISBN: 978-0-8032-7671-0 (paper)
ISBN: 978-0-8032-4582-2 (Hardcover with dustjacket)

Translated by Marie-Thérèse Noiset

Introduction by Volker Dehs
With editorial assistance by Robert Sandarg

Series: Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series

contents of this volume:

  • Introduction by Volker Dehs, Translated by Marie-Thérèse Noiset
  • Translator's Note
  • The Self-Propelled Island
  • In the Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series

ISBN-10: 0803276710
ISBN-13: 978-0803276710 (Paperback Buy from Amazon)
ISBN-10: 0803245823
ISBN-13: 978-0803245822 (Hardcover Buy from Amazon)

 
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