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Jules Verne: The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras (Item 3532)

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Edited: Aug 13, 11:53am Top

I’m not familiar with this work, but the illustrations are intriguing. The description does not name the original publisher, saying only that it was the first British edition in 1875, but it was probably Routledge based on this information from Wikipedia:

London: George Routledge and Sons. (1874)

London, New York: Ward, Lock. (1876)

Boston: James R. Osgood Company. (1876)

London: Goubaud & Son (1877)

Almost all early English translations mutilated Verne’s novels (abridged and altered them), and this one is no exception. Again from Wikipedia:

“These translations compress and truncate Verne's text to varying degrees; the Osgood translation is considered to be of relatively good quality. Editions from other publishers are generally based on one of these four translations.

“A modern translation by William Butcher was published by Oxford University Press in 2005.”

If I were to buy this EP edition, it would be for the illustrations, but I would not read it. Instead I would read the Butcher translation.

Aug 13, 12:30pm Top

EASTON PRESS Internet team, please update the listing with the limitation number. Thank you.

Edited: Aug 13, 1:42pm Top

>3 Wootle:
I spoke with someone in customer service who doesn’t even know what “limited edition” means. She says the book won’t be ready until late October even though the webpage says it is “currently in stock and ready to order.” My guess is that it is not limited since the description doesn’t say so.

Aug 13, 4:27pm Top

>4 jroger1: I'm guessing limited to 400 as the last one was at the same price point.

Aug 13, 4:30pm Top

As mentioned above, William Butcher did the best translation on this title. Here are the Amazon pages for the Oxford softcover: Older Printing - Newer Printing

Aug 13, 4:52pm Top

And here is a link to the Kindle edition of Butcher’s translation, now available for 99 cents. It wouldn’t be too difficult to hold a Kindle in one hand while studying the illustrations with the other.


Aug 13, 4:54pm Top

>7 jroger1: That's an idea, as the illustrations from these early editions are terrific.

Aug 14, 12:32pm Top

Thank you EP. Limited to 600 copies.

Aug 14, 12:42pm Top

>9 Wootle:
You win!

Edited: Aug 14, 6:47pm Top

A must have for the Verne clam shell edition completionists!

Aug 14, 6:33pm Top

>11 HugoDumas: :D https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/completionist

> Easton Press will probably continue to release Verne's works in such fashion. It would be nice to see them release Verne's titles from earlier series (100 Greatest Books Ever Written, Library of Famous Editions, Masterpieces of Science Fiction) together with newer titles as a uniform set, but without the clam shells to make it more affordable...

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