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Sans dessus dessous - 1889 

Topsy Turvy - 1890

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French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
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SD
V035
M53
A68
Alternate English Titles:
    Topsy Turvy
    Purchase of the North Pole

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

The North Polar Practical Association has plans on making a purchase of all the territory north of the 84th parallel. This association is in reality the members of the Baltimore Gun Club, including Secretary J.T. Maston, President Impy Barbicane and Captain Nicholl. Through the generosity of Mrs. Angelina Scorbitt the association is successful in its bid for this region of the globe. Only the world wonders why they have bid for this uninhabitable region. With the property secure, the association makes their plans known, they intend on altering the axis of the earth, so that this Artic region will obtain a temperate climate, allow them access to the large coal deposits they expect to find there. And how will they accomplish this? The same way these men made it to the moon, with a large gun. With the Gun Club's infallible J.T. Maston making the calculations, the association surely can't lose in the proposition.


Book Collecting Information:

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

First
Appearance
in English

First UK Serial Edition

1889

Start of story in the Boy's Own Annual:

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" This work appeared in the Boy's Own as Barbicane and Company in issues found in annual volume 12, which covered the period from October 1889 through September 1890."

Barbicane & Co.
or, The Purchase of the North Pole

1889 (October) to 1890 (September)
Volume 12
Boy's Own Paper / The Boy's Own Annual
London

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First US Serial Edition 1890

Not mentioned in Jules Verne Encyclopedia

Topsy-Turvy was probably published in serial form in many US Newspapers, but here are the details for 1 of them:

Topsy Turvy
1890 (Sat. Mar 22 to Sat. June 21, 1890)
The Salem Daily News
Salem, Ohio

Starting on Page 6, of the Saturday March 22 issue of the paper.

and subsequent chapters, every Saturday therafter, until Saturday, June 21, 1890

Illustrated by Nicholl

and the final chapter, 21, has an ending illustration. (see at left)

It also is serialized in:

  • Chetopa Advance, Chetopa, Kansas
    Fri. Mar 21 to Fri Jul 25, 1890
First English
Editon:
   Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In December 1890, Sampson Low published the first British edition of The Purchase of the North Pole, in crown 8vo., priced at 6s. Pictured on the front cover is the fanciful scene of an arctic explorer confgronting a polar bear sitting on its hind legs. "

This translation opens:
" 'And so, Mr Marston, you consider that a woman can do nothing for the advance of the mathematical or experimental sciences?' "

The Purchase of the North Pole
1891 (December 1890)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

143 Pages, Illustrated

First US
Edition:


Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1890, J. S. Ogilvie published Topsy Turvy in a plain cloth edition with 10 illustrations, which are not taken directly from the originals, but are rather crudely rendered. Unfortunately, the poor quality of the paper used in printing has resulted in undue deterioration with age. Although the title page indicates that the book was copyrighted by Ogilvie in 1890, there is no record of registration with the Library of Congress. This edition, as with the Original French, has 21 chapters and is a different translation from the one published by Sampson Low, which has 20 chapters. "

This translation opens:
" 'Then, Mr. Marston, you pretend that a woman has Never been able to make mathematical or experimental-science progress?' "

Topsy-Turvy
[1890]
J. S. Ogilvie and Company
New York

222 Pages

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First US
Edition
"in Wraps"

1st Page after Cover



Spine, with No. 129

Back, is page 8 of catalogue

This entry not in Jules Verne Encyclopedia

an Ogilvy "in wraps"!

Topsy-Turvy
(1890)
copyright 1890 by J S Ogilvie on title page
J. S. Ogilvie, Publisher
57 Rose Street.
New York

3 pages of ads in front of title page
1 page blank.
8 page catalogue in rear
that says "Seaside Library" !?
222 pages with 8 illustrations.
Note: the Ogilvy above, calls for 10 illustrations,
but since each illustration is on the reverse of a printed page, noe seem to be missing!
No. 129 is on the spine

size 7 1/4 x 5 inches

Other Editions:
1891, Feb 15
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" On February 15, 1891, P. F. Collier published The Purchase of the North Pole in the Once a Week Library. This small papercover book is taken from the translation in the edition of Sampson Low."

The Purchase of the North Pole
1891, Feb 15
F. Collier, Once a Week Library
New York

Once a Week Library, Vol 11, No 14, in Wraps

Sellers Wrappers?

?Not listed in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia?

The Purchase of the North Pole
1891
P. F. Collier, (?Once a Week Library?)
New York

Once a Week Library, Vol 11, No 14

Apparently, the above is inside the outside wrappers

The Readers Circulating Library
Chenango Forks, New York
No. 36
H. S. Ely, Proprietors
Subscription Agent
and
News Dealer
Chenango Forks, N. Y.

1891
Purchase of the North Pole
1891
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London

30 illustrations
143 Pages

{1892} Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In November 1892, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Purchase of the North Pole, in post 8vo., priced at 2s6d. "
1892 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1892, Seaside Publishing issued a papercover edition of Topsy Turvy in the Rugby Library, No. 7, priced at 10 cents. "
1894

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In Octobeer 1893, Sampson Low published a New Edition of The Purchase of the North Pole, in post 8vo., priced at 2s6d. "

Purchase of the North Pole
1894
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

143 pages
32 page catalogue.
Illustrated with 30 B&W full page plates, including frontis

nd (circa 1890s)
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In the 1890s, American Publishers Corporation (International Book Company) published Topsy Turvy as No. 89 in the St. Nicholas series of Cloth bound books, priced at 50 cents. "

Topsy-Turvy
{1890}
International Book Company
(spine: American Publishers Corporation)
New York

St Nicholas Series

222 Pages, Illustrated

nd (circa 1890s)
Same enclyclopedia entry as above:

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In the 1890s, American Publishers Corporation (International Book Company) published Topsy Turvy as No. 89 in the St. Nicholas series of Cloth bound books, priced at 50 cents. "

Topsy-Turvy
nd (circa 1890s)
International Book Comapany
(spine: International Book Company)
New York

St Nicholas Series for Boys and Girls

inscribed Christmas 1898

Purchase of the North Pole
nd - inscribed Christmas 1898
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

Illustrated

Ed Note: It does NOT have a date on the title page.


Beveled boards (image below)

Gilt edge (image below)

Purchase of the North Pole
nd - inscribed 1912
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

This must be a more expensive version.
This has bevelled boards AND gilt edges.

It could very well be one of the above listed Sampson Low books OR one of the below (1905/1906) listed books.

The inscribed date is a little hard to read, but seems to be 1912.

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

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

*** Sampson Low continued to publish this work well beyond the turn of the century in a variety of new and cheaper editions.*** "

nd
Is this book one of the above? (2s6d)

Purchase of the North Pole
nd
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London 

Dustjacket

uniform 'Books for Boys' series
2s6d
Crown octavo
143 pages
1 imprint. Frontispiece

Publishers bottle green decorated cloth binding
blocked in colours

nd
is this the book under the dustjacket above?

Purchase of the North Pole
nd
Sampson Low, Marston and Company
London 

Authorized Copyright Edition

Monkey / Jungle Cover

1911



Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1911, Vincent Parke and Company published the fifteen-volume set, Works of Jules Verne, edited and introduced by Charles F. Horne. Volume thirteen contains the translation of both parts of The Purchase of the North Pole from the edition of this work published by Sampson Low. "

The Purchase of the North Pole
1911
Vincent Parke and Company
New York / London

See a full description of the Vincent Parke: Works of Jules Verne

The Preface to this volume in reference to Purchase of the North Pole, says:
Ed Note: SPOILER
"... As to The Purchase of the North Pole (1889), or as Verne himself first called it literally "Sense Upside Down," it is a sequel to "A Trip to the Moon," written a quarter century before. In its mathematical sincerity and extravagance of analysis it is worthy of the earlier tale. With his mountains of figures the author deliberately plays a joke upon the trusting reader, by pointing out in the end that the figures are all wrong. In its astonomical suggestiveness and impressive form of conveying instruction, this story is again equal to its predecessor."

1910 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1910, for Christmas, Sampson Low published The Purchase of the North Pole in the crown 8vo., cloth gilt edition in the New Illustrated 1s6d Series for Boys, with colored and other illustrations. "

1914 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In November 1914, sampson Low published a "Reissue" of The Purchase of the North Pole, crown 8vo., priced at 1s. "

Images courtesy of Dana Eales

Sept 1926

Oct 1926

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" The December 1926 and January 1927 issues of Amazing Stories, published by |Experimenter Publishing Company (Hugo Gernsback, president and editor), contained The Purchase of the North Pole, in two parts. "
(encyclopedia has the dates wrong above!!!)

Vol. 1, No. 6, Sept. 1926 
Verne Story: Purchase of the North Pole, Pt 1 of 2, Page ?

Vol. 1, No. 7, Oct. 1926 
Verne Story: Purchase of the North Pole, Pt 2 of 2, Page ?

195x

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In the late 1950's, Ace Books published The Purchase of the North Pole from the translation that originally was published by Ogilvie in 1890, 159 pages, priced at 35 cents. "

The Purchase of the North Pole
{1958}
Ace Books
New York

1966
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1966, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The Purchase of the North Pole, 176 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO). "

The Purchase of the North Pole
1966
ARCO Publications
London

175 Pages

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Same encyclopedia entry as above:

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
" In 1966, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition, entitled The Purchase of the North Pole, 176 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO). "

The Purchase of the North Pole
(1966)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn

175 Pages

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

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

The Purchase of the North Pole
1989
JVPress
New York
The Purchase of the North Pole
1989
JV Press
New York, New York

100th Anniversary Edition
printed on 8 1/2 by 11 paper

Barbicane and Company
The Purchase of the North Pole

2004
Fredonia Press (Print on demand)

ISBN 10: 1410107957 / ISBN 13: 9781410107954

The Earth Turned Upside Down
2012 - January
Hesperus Press Limited
28 Mortimer Street
London W1W 7RD

Translated by: Sophie Lewis, 2012
Forward by: Ian Fells - 2012

ISBN: 978-1-84391-367-2

The book begins:
" 'So Mr Maston, you claim that women were incapable of ever advancing either the mathematical or the experimental sciences?'
'I'm afraid that is what I am forced to think, Mrs Scorbitt,' said J-T- Maston."

Ed Note: My copy has a sticker on the cover that reads:
In lieu of galleys, we are submitting finished copies.
Pub date: January 2013
Publicity Contact: Laura Di Giovine (laura@ipgbook.com)

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