New York: Grosset & Dunlop, 1917. Photographs. Photoplay / Universal Film Edition. Cloth. Small 8vo 7 5/8" x 5 1/8"), pictorial green cloth with black lettering on spine & cover with tubby submarine, illustrated with 4 glossy B&W photos from the Universal Film, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped), xiv + 386 pages. Fine / Near Fine. Item #3036
RARE in this condition and even more so with such a SUPERB pictorial dust jacket and clean unfoxed glossy photographs from the equally rare silent film.
Jules Verne (1828 – 1905) was a French novelist, poet, playwright, and world-recognized Grand Master of science fiction and adventure. His series Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels, included Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
This edition of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is a 1916 American silent film directed by Stuart Paton. The film's storyline is based on the French novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) by Jules Verne. This edition also incorporates elements from Verne's The Mysterious Island. That it was produced during the First World War gives an added dimension [sub-dimension?] to the undersea theme.
This was the FIRST MOTION PICTURE FILMED UNDERWATER. Actual underwater cameras were not used, but a system of watertight tubes and mirrors allowed the camera to shoot reflected images of underwater scenes staged in shallow sunlit waters.
The film starred silent film stars Allen Holubar as Capt. Nemo, Jane Gale as a ridiculous Child of Nature, Matt Moore as a sub officer, and William Welsh. It was made by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company (now Universal Pictures), not then known as a major motion picture studio. The filming process was extraordinarily expensive.--Wikipedia
These inexpensive G&D reprint editions typically used the same plates as the first edition, and the author accepted a reduced royalty. Most were heavily used and abused, so to find a copy like this with such a superior dust jacket and clean, tight contents is noteworthy and highly collectible.
CONDITION: Bright, tight, clean cloth with the lower edges of one corner of the cloth being abraided; the jacket with its wonderful photographic panel is nearly all present though with some rubbing.