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Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers - 1870 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - 1872

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Jules Verne
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VL
V006
M56
A20

Alternate English Titles:

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Devil Fish (The )
    (An excerpt, contained in Vol. 10 of "Colliers Junior Classics, The Young Folks Shelf of Books")

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

Ships are disappearing all over the world and it believed to be caused by a sea monster. Dr. Pierre Aronnax, author of the book The Mysteries of the Ocean Deep, his companion Conseil and Canadian harpooner Ned Land are hired by the U.S. government to help put and end to this mystery by joining an expedition on the Abraham Lincoln. After months of searching the Abraham Lincoln finds its quarry and in the ensuing collision, Dr. Aronnax, Conseil and Ned Land are thrown overboard. In their efforts to survive, the trio find themselves on the surface of the "monster" itself, which turns out to be a submarine. Captain Nemo allows the trio to remain alive on board his submarine, the Nautilus, as his permanent guests, meaning he will never allow them to leave to reveal his secrets. The Captain uses this meeting with Dr. Aronnax, whose book he has read, to begin a new cruise through the oceans and seas of the world, so that he can show Dr. Aronnax where his book was lacking in details; meanwhile, Ned Land's primary interest in escape.

The Events in this novel take place in: 1866   


Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Edition:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
1873
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle
London

Pictorial Green cloth
Publisher's catalogue dated 1872-3

RE: BELOW-Step aside JellyFish! ***You read it here first / Feb 2005***

First US
Edition:
Variant "B"

Step aside JellyFish!

- Cover shows "Nemo"
- Cover reads "SEA"
- Spine reads James R Osgood & Co

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1873
James R. Osgood and Company
(Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co.)
Boston

(Note: cover says "Sea", title page says "Seas")

Note: Please see the 20K-DETAILS page
for a comparison of the 1st and 2nd US Editions

RE: BELOW-Step aside JellyFish! ***You read it here first / Feb 2005***

First US
Edition:
Variant "C"

Step aside JellyFish!

- Cover shows "Nemo"
- Cover reads "SEA"
- Spine reads James R Osgood & Co.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1873
Sampson Low
London

(Note: cover says "Sea", title page says "Seas")

Note: Please see the 20K-DETAILS page
for a comparison of the 1st and 2nd US Editions

First US
Edition:

Variant "A"

Note: Please see the 20K-DETAILS page
for a comparison
of the 1st and 2nd US Editions

- Cover shows "JellyFish"
- Cover reads "SEA"
- Spine reads James R Osgood & Co.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1873
James R. Osgood and Company
(Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co.)
Boston

(Note: cover says "Sea", title page says "Seas")

Pictorial Green, Blue and Salmon
The distinguishing feature of this 1st edition is the illustration of Jellyfish on the cover

Note: Please see the 20K-DETAILS page
for a comparison of the 1st and 2nd US Editions

Second US Edition:
DETAILS

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas;
or The Marvellous and Exciting Adventures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil his servant, and Ned Land, A Canadian Harpooner.
1873
(Edition of James R. Osgood & Co.)
Sold Only By Subscription.
Geo. M. Smith & Co.
Boston

Note: Cover and Title page both say "Seas"

Pictorial Green Cloth
The cover illustration is Captain Nemo with a sextant

Note: Please see the 20K-DETAILS page
for a comparison of the 1st and 2nd US Editions

Other Editions:

1874

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas;
or The Marvellous and Exciting Adventures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil his servant, and Ned Land, A Canadian Harpooner.
1874
(Edition of James R. Osgood & Co.)
Sold Only By Subscription.
Geo. M. Smith & Co.
Boston

Note: Cover and Title page both say "Seas"

Pictorial Green Cloth
The cover illustration is Captain Nemo with a sextant

1875

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas;
or The Marvellous and Exciting Adventures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil his servant, and Ned Land, A Canadian Harpooner.
1875
(Edition of James R. Osgood & Co.)
Sold Only By Subscription.
Geo. M. Smith & Co.
Boston

Note: Cover and Title page both say "Seas"

Pictorial Green Cloth
The cover illustration is Captain Nemo with a sextant

1875
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
1875
James R Osgood and Co
Boston

Green and Red covers shown

1875
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas 
1875 
Donnelley Loyd & Co
Chicago

"Lakeside Edition"

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
1876
Sampson Low
London
1876
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas 
1876 
Donnelley Loyd & Co
Chicago

"Lakeside Edition"

1876

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas + Around the World in 80 Days
1876 
Donnelley Loyd & Co
Chicago

"Lakeside Edition"

illustrated

1876
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1876
George Routledge
London

(unsure if this is Volume 1, or Both Volumes?)

1876
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Volume 2
1876
George Routledge
London 

"Every Boys Library"

The story in Volume 2 continues at the Indian Ocean 

nd
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
nd
Porter & Coates
Philadelphia
18?
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
18xx
Porter and Coates
Philadelphia
nd (circa 1880)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd circa 1880
Sampson Low, London
1880
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1880 (Part 2)
Sampson Low 

paperback

nd (circa 1880)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (vol1)
nd (circa 1876)
George Routledge
London
nd

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Routledge
9 Lafayette Place
London

translator: Henry Frith

nd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Belford Clarke + Co
New York/Chicago
nd (circa 1880)
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas 
circa 1880 
Hurst & Co
New York (122 Nassau St)

"Arlington Edition"

nd (circa 1880)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa1880)
F M Lupton Pub Co

"Avon Edition"

nd (circa 1880)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa 1880)
Worthington
New York
nd
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
Ward Lock + Co Ltd
London

"The Youths Library of Wonder and Adventure"

nd (1882)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (1882)
John W. Lovell, Publisher
Nos. 14 and 16 Astor Place
New York

Cover title is:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

while the title page title reads:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas;
or,
The Marvellous and Exciting Adven
tures of Pierre Aronnax, Conseil
his Servant, and Ned Land,
A Canadian Harpooner.

The chapter heading and first 2 sentences of the book is:

"CHAPTER I.
A Shifting Reef.

The year 1866 was signalled by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgetten. Not to mention rumors which agitate the maritime population, and excited the public mind, even in the interior of contintents, seafaring men were particularly excited."

This book is inscribed:
Jimmie E Farrell
From
Lizzie and Mamr(?)
Christmas 1882

You may ask why I consider this a Canadian edition.

Well, the base of the spine says Belford , Clarke & Co. which began as a Canadian publishing company.
I am not 100% sure this IS a Canadian book, but according to some sources on the web, both Lovell and Belford Clarke had a reputation for publishing pirated works, and Belford Clark was even sued for it. Maybe Belford Clarke wanted this title in Canada and used the printed insides by Lovell and put their own cover on it.
The history of Belford Clarke(external link) seems to indicate that the partnership between Alexander Belford and James Clarke began in 1875 and at some point they moved from Toronto to Chicago. The company was disbanded in 1893.

1883
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1883, Aug 13
Lovell

"Lovell's Library"

1887
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1887
Belford Clarke and Co.
New York

"Caxton Edition"

nd (inscribed Xmas 1887)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (inscribed "Xmas 1887")

"Franklin Edition (round)"

1887

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1887
Worthington Co
New York

"Franklin Edition (square)"

1888
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1888
Pollard + Moss
New York
1888
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1888
Mercantile Publishing Company
1888
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1888
Sampson and Low
London
1889
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1889
Worthington Co
New York

"World Library Edition"

1890
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas 
1890 
Hurst & Co
New York

"Arlington Edition"

nd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Hurst & Co. (?)
New York

"Arlington Edition"

nd (inscribed 1884)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (inscribed 1884)
Donohue and Henneberry
Chicago 

"Caxton Edition"

1890circa

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas 
nd (circa 1890) 
Belford , Clarke & Co
New York 

"Caxton Edition"
Blue and Brown bindings shown

1890
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1890
Donohue Henneberry &  Co
Chicago

"Caxton Edition"

nd (inscribed 1889)
20,000 Leagues ...
nd, inscribed 1889
Universal Publishing Co
?

"Popular Edition"

Twenty Thousand Leagues
nd
John W Lovell Co
New York

Aldine Edition

Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
Hurst + Co
New York
nd, inscribed 1896

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd, inscribed 1896
WM. L. ALLISON COMPANY. Publishers."
New York

ARUNDEL SERIES
BANNER ON COVER SAYS "de hirundine"

nd
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
M A Donohue + Co
Chicago
nd
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
International Book Co
?

Columbus Series

nd

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
F M Lupton Publ Co
New York

Stratford Edition

nd (inscribed 1895) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa 1895)
Porter and Coates
Philadelphia

"Authors Edition"
Note: Image of Ned Land with a harpoon on the cover, stamped in black.
A copy has been noted with an 1895 inscription

Value: Approx $20
Thank you for looking!

nd (inscribed 1898)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (inscribed 1898)
George Routledge
London
nd
20,000 Leagues ...
nd (circa 1900)
Hurst and Co
New York
1902
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1902
Street + Smith
New York

medal library, no. 112
paper cover

1900circa
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nc circa 1900
Richard Butterworth and Co.
London
1900circa
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
nd (circa 1900)
Holiday Library
London

"Holiday Library Edition"

1900circa
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
circa 1900 
Mershon,

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1905
Charles Scribners Sons
New York

1 of at least 6 identical volumes
427 pages, 12 illustrations

19xx

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
nd (circa 19xx)

"Alta Edition"

1906
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1906
Sampson Low Marston + Co
London

Special Presentation copy to headmaster

1907
20,000 Leagues ...
1907
Donahue
Chicago
nd (circa 1910)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa1910)
Ward Lock
London
nd (circa 1910)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa 1910)
Sampson Low
London
1911

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1911
Ward Lock and Company
London/Melbourne

nd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Ward Lock and Co
London
No Date
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
circa 191x
?A.L Burt?
nd
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Hurst & Co
New York
nd

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
The Studley Press
?
1914
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1914
Dent
London
1916
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1916
Charles Scribners Sons
New York

"Uniform Edition"

1917
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 
1917 
Grosset & Dunlap

"Boy Scout Edition" 

info incomplete
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Hurst and Co
1917
20,000 Leagues ...
1917
Grossett & Dunlap
New York

dustjacket shown

1917
20,000 Leagues ...
1917
Grossett
New York

possibly cover under above dustjacket

1917
20,000 Leagues ...
1917
Grossett
New York
1918
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1918
Charles Scribners Sons
New York
1920
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1920
Sampson Low
London
nd

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20,000 Leagues ...
nd
George Routledge + Sons
London/New York

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd (circa 1910?)
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London/Edinburgh

"Authorized Copyright Edition"

nd

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd
Sampson Low
London

dustjacket and cover shown

nd

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd
James Nisbet & Co Ltd
London
1924

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1924
Readers Library
?

dustjacket shown

nd

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
nd
Rand McNally + Co
NewYork
1925

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1925
Charles Scribners Sons
New York
1928

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1928
Charles Scribners Sons
New York
1932

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1932
John C Winston + Co
Chicago

dustjacket shown

1937
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1937
Scribner
New York
1946
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1946
Wadworth Books
 

"Classics to Grow on" Series

1946

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1946
The World Publishing Co
Cleveland/New York

Dustjacket and cover shown

nd circa 1950
Twenty Thousand Leagues...
nd (c1950)
Dean+Sons Ltd
London

Dustjacket shown

nd circa 1950
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa1950)
Thames Pub Co
London

dustjacket shown

nd circa 1950
20,000 Leagues ...
nd circa 1950
Purnell

?

dustjacket shwon

Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
?
Didier
1955 (1958?)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1955 (could be 1958?)
Collins
London 

Shown in Dustjacket

1955
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1955
Dean and Sons, Ltd, London
1955
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1955
Whitman, 
1955

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1955
Scott Foresman + Co
Chicago
1956

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1956
Charles Scribners Sons
New York
1956

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1956
Heritage Press
New York

slip cover shown

1956
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1956
Nelson Doubleday
New York
1957

Twenty Thousand Leagues
1957
Heirloom Library
London

dustjacket and cover shown

1958


uncertain if this is below dustjacket!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1958
Grossett
New York

dustjacket shown

nd circa 1960
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa 1960)
Dean
London

shown in Dustjacket

(info incomplete) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
...info incomplete...
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1960
ARCO
London

"Fitzroy Edition"
dustjacket shown

1962
Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1962
MacMillan
New York
1963
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1963
Big Golden Book
1965
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
and Around the Moon
1965
Platt + Munk
?

dustjacket shown

1965

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Twenty Thousand Leagues ...
1965
Washington Square Press
?
1965

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Twenty Thousand leagues ...
1965
The Fountain Press
Chicago

Worlds Greatest Literature Series

1966
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1966
Associated Booksellers
Westport Conn. 

"Fitzroy Edition"
dustjacket shown

1966
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1966
ARCO
London 

"Fitzroy Edition" - 2nd impression
dustjacket shown

1968
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1968
Classic Press Inc
Santa Rosa, California
1973
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
nd (circa 1973)
Now Age Books 
1976
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Weekly Reader Book - 1976
nd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
?

Treasury of Illustrated Classics

1989
Vingt-Mille Lieues sous les Mers
1989

Illustrations by Bernard Buffet

2000
20,000 Leagues ...
2000
William Morrow + Co
?

ISBN-0688105351

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