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Un Capitaine de quinze ans - 1878

A Captain of Fifteen Years - 1878

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Alternate English Titles:

    A Captain at Fifteen
    Boy Captain: Adventures on Land and Sea
    Captain at Fifteen
    Dick Sand, or a Captain at Fifteen
    Dick Sands, or the Boy Captain

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)
A whale hunt in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and the Americas ends in tragedy and Dick Sands, as the only surviving crew member becomes Captain, a fifteen years of age. Not possessing the full skills of a sailor, Dick tries to get the ship east to the South American coast. However, the cook on board the ship has plans of his own and manages to get the ship diverted to eventually reach land in the country of Angola on the continent of Africa. The cook's plans involving killing Dick and selling the other passengers of the ship into slavery.

Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Editon

Dick Sands, The Boy Captain
1879
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Translated by: Ellen E Frewer

First US
Edition
 
Dick Sand; or A Captain at Fifteen
1878 (publ. November 1878)
George Munro Publisher
17 to 27 Vandewater Street, New York

2 pages of adverts at the back titled "Munro's Elementry School Books"
Facing the copyright page is a list of 17 Verne titles published in the Seaside Library, listing #131 Michael Strogoff as the last entry
Green cloth
20 engravings
Published: November 1878

First US
Fully Illustr.

Dick Sands, or the Boy Captain
1879 (publ. December 1878)
Charles Scribners Sons
New York

Translated by Ellen E. Frewer
Fully illustrated
Published December 1878

Other Editions
1882
Dick Sands, or the Boy Captain
1882
Sampson Low
London
1886
Dick Sands or the Boy Captain
1886
Charles Scribners Sons
New York

Uniform Edition
Illustrated

1891
Dick Sands
1891
Sampson Low
London
nd
Dick Sand, or the Boy Captain
nd
Hust
New York
nd
Dick Sand
nd
A L Burt
New York 

? Series

1908
Dick Sands or The Boy Captain
1908
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York

Scribner's Uniform Edition

Known Publication Dates:
1886 - includes map before Chapter 1
1893 Low-Hi-Low U
1902
1908 Low-Hi-Low U Reverse

Size: 208mm x 150mm
92 illustrations + Title image
+ Map (only 1886 edition *)
Note: image in List of Illustrations for page 201 does not exist in any edition!
Pages numbered 1 to 486
Note: illustrations are included in overall page numbering (ie image facing page 329 IS page 328 and with page 327 being the blank reverse of 328)
Ad: No
Uniform Edition on Title page: Yes
Spine Scroll = Low-Hi-Low
Cover Top Scroll = Reverse

* Important Note:
There is an 1886 edition in Red, that has an East Africa map!
The fold out map of Africa is right before the 1st page of Chapter 1 text. 
This is odd because the Scribners 1st US edition of this title does not have a map.  Neither does the Uniform Edition of 1893 or 1908.
The map IS in the Sampson Low 1st edition.

Is the 1886 Uniform edition of Dick Sands the only US edition with the map?

(Map information provided by B Kutzera)

Dick Sand
nd
A L Burt
Dick Sand
nd
A L Burt

Dick Sand
nd
A L Burt
New York

Shown with and without Dustjacket

A Captain at Fifteen
?
Street + Smith
New York

15 Cents

1976
Captain at Fifteen
1976
Golden Grasshopper
London

Shown in Dustjacket

 

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