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Lot n° 28 - Seas and Oceans] A floating city / [Africa] Adventures of 3 Russians and 3 English by Jules Verne. Illustrations by Férat. Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetzel Éditeur, sd (ca 1875). Large double in-8°. Publisher's full red percaline boards with large grains "with the initials without JV". Title missing from the central label. Spine with five boxes, one of which with the author's name, dash, A floating city, dash, Forceurs de blocus, dash, 3 Russians and 3 English. No mention of a binder, but perhaps it is Magnier. Magnier second board type "c". Gilt edges. Blue endpapers. Printed by Gauthier-Villars.Top cover restored. Otherwise, a very nice copy of this trial binding, with a very pleasant coarse-grained percaline. Originally, this volume does not have a general masthead. We are tempted to qualify this volume as "rare", but this would be an understatement, considering that Jauzac had never seen it and only quoted it according to Bottin (p. 395) who stated that it was the only known copy! By the way, this volume has Bottin's signature in pencil on the second endpaper. Could it be his copy?... According to Jauzac, there is only one other title that was the subject of such a test: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. These two test cartoons should not be confused with the double volumes "with the initials JV-JH", also test cartoons, produced for Belgium in 1902. Let us finally underline that the small upper label "without JV" is different from the one of the definitive box "with the initials JV-JH" and corresponds to the test made by Magnier in 1875 for Le Tour du Monde en 80 jours (see lot n°64).

Seas and Oceans] A floating city / [Africa] Adventures of 3 Russians and 3 English by Jules Verne. Illustrations by Férat. Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetz…
Estimate — 8 000 - 12 000 €
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Lot n° 30 - Seas and Oceans] Mathias Sandorf by Jules Verne. Illustrations by Férat. Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetzel Éditeur, 1885 (ca 1898 for the hardback). Large triple in-8°. Publisher's full percaline paperback with "golden globe" of the 3rd type. Engel bookbinder. Gilt edges. Blue endpapers. Printed by Gauthier-Villars.Original illustrated edition.A very fine copy, without the slightest alteration, of this extremely rare volume of which only eight or nine copies are known. Without doubt the most beautiful one that has passed through our hands! This version with the "golden globe" is, without a doubt, a commercial "accident" in Hetzel's publishing career. We have, in fact, come to the conclusion that the polychrome cardboard with Mathias Sandorf's "anchor spine", whether the "red band" or the "black band", was inaugurated in 1896 (see our article in La Gazette de la Librairie Monte Cristo n°5 of December 2020), which implies that this version with the "gilded globe" was produced later, most probably in 1898, as suggested by the use of the type 3 plate on the front cover.. But, why an "accident"? Let us recall that the "anchor spine" binding allowed the publisher, as well as the booksellers, to distinguish the triple volumes from the double volumes, the first ones being sold at a higher price, so it would have been commercially aberrant to create a confusion by introducing a triple volume in the "golden globe" series. Many hypotheses have been put forward as to the miraculous presence of this "alien" in the "Golden Globes" series. The most probable is that Engel, binder of the two "polychrome" versions since 1896, covered Mathias Sandorf with a "lighthouse spine" and a "golden globe" plate simply by mistake, this version being by far the most frequent: in 1898, the catalogue includes no less than thirty-one "golden globes" for only three "anchor spines"! As for the idea that this was a special order for a few "collectors" of the time, it seems unlikely to us... It was probably just a happy "accident", because the "anchor back" will be used without interruption for this title until 1914.

Seas and Oceans] Mathias Sandorf by Jules Verne. Illustrations by Férat. Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetzel Éditeur, 1885 (ca 1898 for the hardback). Large…
Estimate — 20 000 - 30 000 €
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Lot n° 42 - Celestial Spaces] Della Terra alla Luna e Intorno alla Luna (From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon) by Giulio Verne. Illustrations by de Montaut (From the Earth to the Moon) and Emile Bayard and A. de Neuville (Around the Moon). Cover: Biblioteca di Educazione e di Ricreazione / Milano, Tipografia Editrice Lombarda. Inside: Biblioteca di Educazione e di Ricreazione / Milano, Tipografia già Domenico Salvi E C., sd (ca 1875). Large double in-8°. Publisher's full red percaline custom boards. Blue endpapers with publisher's black printed catalogue. White edges. No mention of printer or binder.Italian illustrated first edition with the same errors in the caption (pp. 25 and 32) as the French edition for From the Earth to the Moon.Traces of moisture on the boards. Old filing label at the foot of the spine. Otherwise a beautiful copy of this extremely rare hardback in France (and in Italy!). Magnificent and indispensable for collectors of personalized plates! It is good to underline that the first Italian illustrated editions have this remarkable particularity to have been conceived in the perfect line of the French personalized cartonnages. Some collectors assume, with good reason from our point of view, that the graphic design of the cover of each of these books was probably done in Paris. This volume is, however, the great absentee of the personalized cartonnages, these two titles having been published in first illustrated editions in 1868 and 1872. It should therefore have been published in France in this form in 1872 (the 5th!) instead of the first "shell" binding!

Celestial Spaces] Della Terra alla Luna e Intorno alla Luna (From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon) by Giulio Verne. Illustrations by de Montaut (From the Earth to the Moo…
Estimate — 600 - 900 €
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Lot n° 47 - Celestial spaces] From the Earth to the Moon / Around the Moon by Jules Verne. Illustrations by de Montaut (From the Earth to the Moon) and Émile Bayard and A. de Neuville (Around the Moon). Paris, Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation, J. Hetzel et Cie, sd (inner books around 1875). Large double in-8°. Special full red percaline boards. No mention of the binder. Edges gilt. White endpapers spotted with blue. Original hinges in red percaline. Printed by Gauthier-Villars.A few discreet wet spots on the first board and on the spine. Otherwise, a very nice copy with a splendid gutter.This is an unknown binding, which we assume to be Belgian (the endpapers and the percaline hinges are typical of northern countries, Scandinavia and Germany), which was designed - at least for the spine - according to the usual graphic design of the binders working for Hetzel. Although the spine's irons and typefaces are highly ornate and different, the composition is nonetheless rigorously faithful to Hetzel's cartonnages of this period: Jules Verne/ Voyages extraordinaires in the second box from the top, and the titles in the fourth. In fact, only the composition of the first plate is unusual. Very ornate, with, among other decorations, cold and gilt frames, it was the result of a substantial work by the bookbinder and the gilder. Perhaps this was a trial run in Belgium before the "fleur-de-lis" cartonnage? The period suggests it, but nothing allows - obviously - to affirm it... In any case, here is a beautiful and authentic curiosity whose rarity is not to be demonstrated!

Celestial spaces] From the Earth to the Moon / Around the Moon by Jules Verne. Illustrations by de Montaut (From the Earth to the Moon) and Émile Bayard and A. De Neuville (Around …
Estimate — 1 800 - 2 500 €
Boisgirard - Antonini - Paris,
Tuesday 18 May - 14:30

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