About this item
It is the first Verne novel in which he perfected the "ingredients" of his later work, skillfully mixing a plot full of adventure and twists that hold the reader's interest with passages of technical, geographic, and historic description. The book gives readers a glimpse of the exploration of Africa, which was still not completely known to Europeans of the time, with explorers traveling all over the continent in search of its secrets.
Public interest in fanciful tales of African exploration was at its height, and the book was an instant hit; it made Verne financially independent and got him a contract with Jules Hetzel's publishing house, which put out several dozen more works of his for over forty years afterward.
Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good Early Edition. First published by Ward, Lock and Tyler in 1875. English translation of 'Cinq semaines en ballon'. ] Jules Verne library ; 4. This unilllustrated edition published by Weldon & Co London Post Octavo, cloth gilt Hardback. Dark green cloth; gilt and black decorative spine and cover; blind stamped rear cover. Pale yellow end-papers. No owner name or internal markings. 222 pages. Catalogue for The Daisy Books and other period adverts to rear. Teddington Literary Institute lending slip inside front cover however, it appears to have never been lent.
Shelf wear to the spine and corner bumps. Cloth is worn on the hinge and there is some minor staining to the boards.. Foxing is evident throughout the book but only in small spots. The string binding is a little loose but the book is intact.
- Added value:
- End pages 10 Period averts
- Jules Verne
- Used: good
- 16mo - 6-7
- 5x7 inches
- 1st edition
- Number of pages:
- Weldon & Co Bedford Street Covent Garden London
- Five Weeks in a Ballon
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