Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [Antiquarian]

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"A Voyage of Exploration and Discovery in Central Africa from the French of Jules Verne. With sixty-four illustrations by Riou. 

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Green cloth pictorial boards with design in black and pink on a green background, with gilt lettering - on front board and spine. 352pp. 

Frontispiece: A Close Shave. B/W drawing illustrations throughout, including several b/w plates, by Riou. 

First published in French in 1863 and translated into English in 1864. 

Plot synopsis copied from Jules

Dr. Samuel Ferguson and his two associates (Dick Kennedy and Joe) venture to Zanzibar in Africa. It is Ferguson's intention to explore the part of Africa that the Barth and Burton and Speke expeditions were not able to reach. The method by which he will try to accomplish this task is unique, by using a balloon called the "Victoria". 

Very rare, antiquarian copy of this classic tale. 


 Sampson Low, London

Date published





 Used, very good. Moderate fading, edge-wear and corner-bumping to boards and spine. Boards and spine binding intact. Front free end paper is only a half-inch flap. This may have been the way the book was originally assembled, or it may have been cut out. Neatly done. Light foxing to prelims and page edges. Binding slightly loose internally, but intact. All pages present. No inscriptions. Slight brown stain to top of Chap 1, page 1 but otherwise internally, very clean.