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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


Frontice


carte de L'Ile Lincoln / Lincoln Island map

Bibliographic
Reference
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(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 Editon:

Part 1:
The Mysterious Island:
Dropped from the Clouds
1875
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
Crown Building, London

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

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

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

First US
dition:

Only part 1 published in this 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 2:
The Mysterious Island: Abandoned
1875
Scribner Armstrong and Co
New York

Translated by W.H.G. Kingston
(portion of cover shown)

Part 3:
The Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
1876
Scribner, Armstrong and Company
New York

Translated by W. H. G. Kingston

Other Editions:
1875

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

This was an "unauthorized edition"

1876
The Mysterious Island
1876
Household Words Publishing Co
Boston

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

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

nd circa 1880
Mysterious Island
nd circa 1880
William L Allison
New York
nd, inscribed 1881
Mysterious Island
nd, inscribed Dec 25, 1881
John W Lovell
New York
1882
Mysterious Island
1882
B Worthington
New York
nd, inscribed 1883
Mysterious Island
nd, inscribed 1883
Belford Clarke and Co
Chicago

Caxton Edition

1883
The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
1883
Sampson Low
London

Jules Verne Works
wrappered edition

1884
Mysterious Island
1884
Belford Clarke + Co
Chicago
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
Mysterious Island
1890
Donohue Henneberry + Co
Chicago

Caxton Edition

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

6th Edition

nd

Mysterious Island: Abandoned
nd
Sampson Low
London
1894
Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
1894
Sampson Low Marston + Co
London
(circa 1895)
The Abandoned
circa 1895
Geo Munros Sons
New York

No. 2145 in Seaside Library

1906

The Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
Abandoned & 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
circa 1910
Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
Mysterious Island: The Secret of the Island
nd circa 1910
Sampson Low
London
nd circa 1910
Mysterious Island: Dropped From the Clouds
nd, circa 1910
Sampson Low
London
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 1930)
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

Dustjacket and the revealed cover shown

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

Authors copyright edition

nd (circa 1910)
Mysterious Island
nd (circa 1910)
M A Donahue
Chicago
nd
Mysterious Island
nd
Hurst & Company, Publishers
New York 

"Explorer" Edition

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?

Part 1:
Dropped From the Clouds
1959
ARCO Publications
London

Part 2:
The Secret of the Island
1959
ARCO Publications
London

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Part 1:
Dropped From the Clouds
(1959)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages

Part 2:
The Secret of the Island
(1959)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

 
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