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Île à hélice (L') - 1895 

Propeller Island - 1896
French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
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IH
V043
M23
A78
Alternate English Titles: 
    Floating Island (The)
    Floating Island or the Pearl of the Pacific

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:
First English Editon:   Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific
1896
Sampson Low, Marston and Co
London

382 pages

First US Edition:
(the Only
Fully Illustrated US Edition)
Floating Island
[1900]
W. L. Allison

New York

(Thanks to B. Kutzera)

Other Editions:
 
? First US Edition:
Floating Island
or The Pearl of the Pacific
{1897} (?)
Hurst and Company Publishers
New York

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

Explorer Series

(1897)

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

New and Cheaper Edition

nd (inscribed 1921)
Floating Island
nd (inscribed 1921)
Hurst and Co,
Propeller Island
1961
ARCO Publishers
London

191 pages
Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Propeller Island
(1961)
Associated Bookssellers
Westport, Conn.

191 pages
Fitzroy Edition

Dustjacket

 
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