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Aventures de trois Russes et de trois Anglais
dans L'Afrique australe - 1872

Adventures of 3 Russians and 3 Englishmen in South Africa - 1872

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AT
V009
M39
A26

Alternate English Titles: 

    Adventures in the Land of the Behemoth
    Adventures of 3 Englishmen and 3 Russians in South Africa
    Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians
    Stories of Adventure: Meridiana & Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Measuring a Meridian
    Meridiana or Adventures in South Africa
    Meridiana: the Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians 

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

Three Englishman (Colonel Everest, Sir John Murray and William Emery) and three Russians (Matthew Strux, Nicholas Palander and Michael Zorn) and their guide, a bushman named Mokoum, set out to measure the arc of a meridian in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. Everything is going well, until war is declared between England & Russia.


Book Collecting Information:

First UK
Editon:
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Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1873 (published November 1872)
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
London

Pictorial brown cloth
Publisher's 48 page catalogue

First US Appearance: Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa 
1873
Scribner, Welford and Armstrong
New York
(Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle
London)

These were bound from the Sampson Low sheets, with a Scribner title page inserted (which mentions Sampson Low!)

First US
Edition:
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Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa 
1874
Scribner, Armstrong and Company (654 Broadway)
New York

Pictorial Brown and Green cloth
48 Illustrations
variant A: Two (2) Verne titles on reverse of title page (and those titles don't include THIS one)
2 pp undated adverts at rear of the book

Other Editions:
1874

Adventures in the Land of the Behemoth 
1874 (2nd American Edition)
Henry L. Shepard & Co.
Boston
1874

Meridiana: The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa 
1874
Scribner, Armstrong and Company
New York

Pictorial Brown and Green cloth
48 Illustrations
variant B: Three (3) Verne titles on reverse of title page
variant C: Six (6) Verne titles on reverse of title page
2 pp undated adverts at rear of the book

1874

Stories of Adventure
(includes:Adventures of 3 Englishmen...
+ Journey to the Centre of the Earth)
1874
Scribner Armstrong & Co
New York
1875
Meridiana,
Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians
in South Africa
1875
Sampson Low
London
1876
Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1876
Sampson Low
London
1879

The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1879 (Third Edition, with numerouos illustrations)
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington
Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, London

50 illustrations

translated by: Ellen E Frewer

This volume does not immediately seem special. It is a later Sampson printing. and it is NOT in its original binding.

BUT

It is the rebinding that makes it special to me and my collection.
When you look at the leather spine, you will see that it is from the
Library of Parliament, Canada

The top of the spine has an image of a Beaver, with a log and a maple leaf,

and the lower part of the spine had Library of parliament in an oval with Canada in the center.

The front and back boards are marvelously marbled AND the edges of the book, though not gilt, are also beautifully marbled (top, side and bottom) to match the cover and the end papers!

There are NO markings inside to indicate is was from the Library of Parliament!

I add this book proudly to my Canadian Jules Verne Collection.

Endpapers

nd (inscr 1891)
Three Englishmen and Three Russians
nd (inscr1891)
Routledge
London
nd
Adventures of 3 Englishmen and 3 Russians
nd
?
?

Six Penny Novel, in wraps

1892
Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1892
Sampson Low
London
1892
The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa

The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1892
Sampson Low, Marston & Company
London

191 pages

Author's Illustrated Edition

Image and listing information provided by Dana Eales

Pears Soap Edition description

1896
Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
1896
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London
1910
The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians
nd (circa 1910)
George Routledge
London
nd (circa 1910)
Adventures in Southern Africa
nd (circa1910)
Hutchinson
London
nd (circa 1915)
The Adventures of Three Englishmen
nd (circa 1915)
Sampson Low Marston + Co
London
1964
Measuring a Meridian
1964
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn

Fitzroy Edition

Adventures in the Land of the Behemoth
2001
Fredonia Books
NL

232 pages
Published: January 2001

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