Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1977. Edward A. Wilson. Fine Leatherbound Reprint of Limited Editions Club edition. Leather with gilt-stamping. Quarto (10 1/2 x 7 1/4" x 1 1/2"), full dark brown leather with 22k gold lettering, four hubs, and repeating stylized small whales on spine and front cover; illustrated with a handsome color frontispiece of Jules Verne, in-text pictures, and color plates by Edward A. Wilson; light tan watered silk moiré endpapers, satin page-marker, all page edges gilt [a.e.g.], xi, [xii-xvi] + 325 pages. Weight: 2 lbs. 3 oz. Very Fine / None. Item #7297
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: A Tour of the Underwater World (French: Vingt mille lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: A Tour of the Underwater World") is a classic science fiction adventure novel by French writer Jules Verne originally serialized (March, 1869 - June, 1870); then published in 1870.
Edward A. Wilson (1886-1970) was a Scottish-born American illustrator of more than 70 books, mainly classics. Life magazine said that he was “of first rank among modern United States book illustrators.”
The rich dark brown leather is tight, clean, bright. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints ensure the quality binding. Printed on archival quality acid free paper. All the 22 karet gold decorations, lettering, and page edges are brilliant. All the color illustrations are clean, bright, and unfoxed. No previous owner's inscriptions or marginalia. "Notes from the Archives" insert not present, otherwise "As New."