Last updated: April 21, 2021

English Book Sets/Series

Sampson Low

SAMPSON LOW Sets

Sampson Low History (History, Name Changes, and Address changes)

Interestingly, I have found an ad from London, 1893, that indicates, that in October (preparing for the Christmas season?) that you could buy "cases" of Jules Verne novels (5 at a time), for a discount of 4 shillings (regular price 5 shillings).
Here is that ad, from the October 20, 1893, London, Westminster Budget paper:

On this page are listed various Sampson Low "Sets" of Jules Verne titles. None of the sets contain ALL Jules Vernes novels, but some come close.

Sampson Low Publisher Series





Pears' Soap Edition
Plain and Banner variants
Sampson Low (1880s,1890s)

Named because of the advertisement for Pears' Soap on the back cover.

There are 2 variants of the Pears Soap Edition
ALWAYS in RED:

Plain...........................Banner

&

The Pears Soap Edition, are ALWAYS Red, and although there are other similar sized volumes (Gilt Banner, Grey Banner, & Gilt Title), the RED set is the only set with the Pears advertisement on the rear cover.

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here.

39 Books in this series:

Alphabetical

  1. Abandoned (Mysterious Island, Part 2)
  2. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  3. The Archipelago on Fire
  4. Around the Moon (Round the Moon on Title page)
  5. Around the World in Eighty Days
  6. The Begums Fortune
  7. The Blockade Runners
  8. Burbank the Northerner (North Against South, Part 1)
  9. The Captain of the Guidara (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1)
  10. The Child of the Cavern
  11. The Clipper of the Clouds
  12. The Cryptogrm (The Giant Raft, Part 2)
  13. The Demon of Cawnpore (The Steam House, Part 1)
  14. Dick Sands
  15. Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
  16. Dropped From the Clouds (Mysterious Island, Part 1)
  17. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (The Giant Raft Part 1)
  18. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  19. The Flight to France or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
  20. A Floating City
  21. From the Earth to the Moon
  22. The Fur Country
  23. Godfrey Morgan
  24. The Green Ray
  25. Hector Servadac
  26. The Lottery Ticket
  27. Martin Paz
  28. Mathias Sandorf, Part 1
  29. Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
  30. Michael Strogoff
  31. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  32. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  33. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  34. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  35. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  36. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  37. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (Complete in 2 parts)
  38. Vanished Diamond
  39. A Winter Amid the Ice










Gilt Banner
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

38 Books in this series:
(in THIS series, Mathias Sandorf is complete in 1 volume)

Alphabetical

  1. Abandoned (Mysterious Island, Part 2)
  2. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  3. The Archipelago on Fire
  4. Around the Moon (Round the Moon on Title page)
  5. Around the World in Eighty Days
  6. The Begums Fortune
  7. The Blockade Runners
  8. Burbank the Northerner (North Against South, Part 1)
  9. The Captain of the Guidara (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1)
  10. The Child of the Cavern
  11. The Clipper of the Clouds
  12. The Cryptogrm (The Giant Raft, Part 2)
  13. The Demon of Cawnpore (The Steam House, Part 1)
  14. Dick Sands
  15. Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
  16. Dropped From the Clouds (Mysterious Island, Part 1)
  17. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (The Giant Raft Part 1)
  18. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  19. The Flight to France or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
  20. A Floating City
  21. From the Earth to the Moon
  22. The Fur Country
  23. Godfrey Morgan
  24. The Green Ray
  25. Hector Servadac
  26. The Lottery Ticket
  27. Martin Paz
  28. Mathias Sandorf (2 vol in 1) * This book is published as 1 volume
  29. Michael Strogoff
  30. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  31. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  32. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  33. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  34. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  35. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  36. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (Complete in 2 parts)
  37. Vanished Diamond
  38. A Winter Amid the Ice

Grey Banner
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

ONLY the 4 Titles listed here have been seen!:

Alphabetical

  1. The Green Ray (1885)
  2. Mathias Sandorf - Part 1 (1889)
  3. Mathias Sandorf - Part 2 (1889)
  4. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1888)



Gilt Title
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

ONLY the 7 Titles listed here have been "seen"!:

Alphabetical

  1. Around the Moon (nd) (Red and Green)
  2. Burbank the Northerner (1891)
  3. Clipper of the Clouds (1891)
  4. Flight to France (1891)
  5. From the Earth to the Moon (Not Seen - Assumed)
  6. Texar the Southerner (1891)
  7. Vanished Diamond (1891)








ed: Note the different covers on the above Blockade Runners editions
One has an image from the book, the other an image of Jules Verne!

Jules Verne's Works
One Shilling

Low's Authorized & Illustrated Edition
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

Frys Cocoa instead of Pears' Soap? - These books appear to always have a Fry's Cocoa ad on the back cover

These volumes are paperbound, and probably have a title set, similar to the above listing of Pears Soap Editions, by Sampson Low.

All of these have the publisher listed as
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, which puts the date of publication around 1876-1890 (Sampson Low History)

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

Titles seen in this series:

  1. The Archipelago on Fire
  2. Around the Moon
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days
  4. The Begum's Fortune
  5. The Blockade Runners
  6. - Alternate Cover
    The Blockade Runners - Jules Verne Cover
  7. The Child of the Cavern
  8. Dick Sands - Part 1
  9. Dick Sands - Part 2
  10. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  11. A Floating City
  12. The Fur Country - Part 1
  13. The Fur Country - Part 2
  14. From the Earth to the Moon
  15. The Giant Raft - Part 1 Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  16. The Giant Raft - Part 2 - The Cryptogram
  17. The Green Ray
  18. Hector Servadac - Part 1
  19. Hector Servadac - Part 2
  20. Keraban the Inflexible - Part 1 - Captain of the Guidara
  21. Keraban the Inflexible - Part 2 - Scarpante the Spy
  22. Martin Paz
  23. Michael Strogoff - Part 1
  24. Michael Strogoff - Part 2
  25. The Mysterious Island - Part 1 - Dropped From the Clouds
  26. The Mysterious Island - Part 2 - Abandoned
  27. The Mysterious Island - part 3 - The Secret of the Island
  28. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Part 1 (Crab cover)
  29. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Part 2 (Clam cover)
  30. - Alternate Cover
    Twenty Thousand leagues Under the Sea - Part 2 (Nautilus window cover)
  31. A Winter Amid the Ice

    The following are assumed to exist, but have not yet been seen!
  32. ?-Adventures of Three Englishmen & Three Russians in South Africa
  33. ?-Clipper of the Clouds
  34. ?-Dr Ox's Experiment & Master Zacharius
  35. ?-The Flight to France
  36. ?-Godfrey Morgan, A Californian Mystery
  37. ?-The Lottery Ticket, A Tale of Tellemarken
  38. ?-Mathias Sandorf - Part 1
  39. ?-Mathias Sandorf - Part 2
  40. ?-North Against South - Part 1 - Burbank the Northerner
  41. ?-North Against South - Part 2 - Texar the Southerner
  42. ?-The Survivors of the Chancellor
  43. ?-The Steam House - Part 1 - Demon of Cawnpore
  44. ?-The Steam House - Part 2 - Tigers & Traitors
  45. ?-Tribulations of a Chinaman
  46. ?-The Vanished Diamond


Art Deco Heart

Sampson Low, Marston & Co.

Titles seen in this series:
  1. Archipelago on Fire
  2. Adrift in the Pacific
  3. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  4. ...

Sampson Low, Marston & Co.
Art Deco

Titles seen in this series:
  1. Dropped From the Clouds
  2. Abandoned
  3. Secret of the Island
  4. The Child of the Cavern
  5. Tigers and Traitors
  6. Demon of Cawnpore
  7. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  8. From the Earth to the Moon
  9. ...


Paste Down / Celestial Spine
Sampson Low

Probably from the teens (1911-1919)

Authorized Copyright Edition

Titles in this series include:

  1. Dropped From the Clouds (AN)
  2. Abandoned (AN)
  3. Secret of the Island (AN)
  4. Dick Sands (this is a slight variation, see swirl on cover)

Note: The Cover Pastedown is ALSO the Fronticpiece

Mysterious Island volumes Collection Andrew Nash
Dick Sands courtesy of Philip Hollaway

Note: Myststerious Island, in parts, DOES appear in the "Celestial" series

This "Spine" was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!




Paste Down / Celestial Cover
Sampson Low

The Cryptogram in my collection is dated Dec 24, 1917

Titles in this series include:

  1. The Adventures of Three Englishmen
  2. The Clipper of the Clouds (AN)
  3. The Cryptogram (AN)
  4. Dick Sands
  5. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (unseen)
  6. The Floating Island
  7. Godfrey Morgan
  8. Michael Strogoff (AN)
  9. Dropped from the Clouds (unseen)
  10. Abandoned (unseen)
  11. The Secret of the Island
  12. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (AN)
  13. ...

Note: From my collection, 3 parts of Mysterious Island, and Michael Strogoff have the Paste-down AND the Celestial spine BUT do NOT have the Celestial design on the cover!

Clipper of the Clouds: Image courtesy of James Keeline (External Facebook link) --- For now

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!





Voyages Dustjacket Series
"Ever popular Books for Boys"

Sampson Low

Samspon Low issued some books with a Dustjacket that has images from numerous Verne titles.

The rear ad for the series says:
Jules Verne's Ever Popular Booys For Boys
Uniform with this Volume
(with an image of the Onion Dome/Taj cover !)

The Dustjackets were put over various style covers and NOT all the same.

The Dustjacket has been noted over "Onion Dome", "Monkey Jungle" and "Big Ship"

Titles covered with this Dustjacket inclue:

  1. Clipper of the Clouds (price 3 shillings on DJ)
  2. From the Earth to the Moon
  3. Round the Moon ("6" visible on DJ spine, so 2s6d)
  4. Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea
    (
    2s blacked out on spine, 2s6d on rear cover)
  5. Adrift in the Pacific (with a RED banner)
  6. ...


2s or 2s6d blacked out on spine but 2s6d prominent on rear cover

Chronicles of the IMP Series
with Specific Title Dustjackets

Sampson Low

In the late 1920's, Sampson Low issued Jules Verne books with a Dustjacket, that always had an ad on the back, advertising
The Chronicles of the IMP by Jeffery Farnol

Titles in this Series include:

  1. Secret of the Island
  2. Master of the World
  3. Flight to France
  4. The Fur Country
  5. ...



Onion Dome / Taj Mahal
Sampson Low.

In the mid to late teens (1915-1920) , Sampson Low published Jules Verne books with a "Taj Mahal"/"Onion Dome" type cover.

The title page of these books is undated, but books have been observed with:

  • a 1916 Xmas inscription
  • a 1917 Xmas inscription
  • a 1918 BookPlate for a school prize

Titles with this cover include:

  1. Around the World in Eight days
  2. The Clipper of the Clouds
  3. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  4. From the Earth to the Moon and a Trip Round It
  5. The Lottery Ticket (and The Vanished Diamond)
  6. The Lottery Ticket and The Begums Fortune
  7. The Lottery Ticket (and The Flight to France)
  8. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon
  9. The Cryptogram
  10. The Floating Island
  11. Dropped From the Clouds (Myst. Island)
  12. Abandoned (Myst. Island)
  13. Secret of the Island (Myst. Island)
  14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  15. Godfrey Morgan
    and also listed on the below dustjacket
  16. The Child of the Cavern
  17. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians
  18. The Floating City
  19. Blockade Runners
  20. From the Earth to the Moon
  21. Round the Moon
  22. Hector Servadac
  23. Mathias Sandorf
  24. Survivors of the Chancellor
  25. Vanished Diamond
  26. Burbank the Northerner
  27. Texar the Southerner
  28. Adrift in the Pacific
  29. Purchase of the North Pole

Monkey Jungle Cover
Sampson Low

Copies noted with inscriptions from: 1914, 1916, 1921

The covers come in both a Coloured Jungle image as well, as an outline image on the basic cover!

Titles seen in this series:
  1. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon (not seen yet - Mate to below #2)
  2. The Cryptogram
  3. The Adventures of Three Englishmen
  4. Purchase of the North Pole
  5. Texar the Southerner
  6. The Vanished Diamond
  7. The Secret of the Island (Part 3 of Mysterious Island!)
  8. From the Earth to the Moon
  9. Round the Moon
  10. The End of Nana Sahib (Is this complete, or mate to below #10)
  11. Tigers and Traitors
  12. ...

Tigers and Traitors, Adventures of..., Cryptogram: Images courtesy of James Keeline (External Facebook link)

Title: Purchase...: verified by Tim Lucas

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!




Big Ship Cover
Sampson Low, Martson & Co Ltd.

Copies noted with inscriptions from: 1919, 1923

The covers come in both a Coloured Ship image as well, as an outline image on the basic cover!

I do not know if there is a difference in price between the 2

One dustjacket shown to the left

Price 1'6p

The titles seen in this series include:
  1. Archipelago on Fire
  2. The Cryptogram
  3. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon
  4. The Flight to France
  5. The Floating Island (nd - inscr 1919)
  6. Godfrey Morgan
  7. The Mystery of the Franklin
  8. Three Englishmen and Three Russians
  9. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  10. The Vanished Diamond
  11. ...

Title: Archipelago...: verified by Tim Lucas

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!

Small Ship Cover
Sampson Low

An example has been seen inscribed 1934

The titles seen in this series include:

  1. Adrift in the Pacific
  2. Clipper of the Clouds (nd Inscr 1934)
  3. Mystery of the Franklin
  4. ...

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!

Group of Explorers
Sampson Low

  1. Adrift in the Pacific
  2. Secret of the Island (175pgs/32Ads)
  3. Texar the Southerner A Tale of the American Civil War
  4. ...