New York: The Limited Editions Club [printed by Case, Lockwood & Brainard], 1970. Shore, Robert. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500 copies, two volumes (complete), quarto size, 457 pp., signed by Robert Shore, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Fine / near fine. Item #171031054
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) remains widely read today, having authored books such as "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", and "Around the World in Eighty Days". He has been called the "Father of Science Fiction", and his works are the most-translated after Agatha Christie (but before Shakespeare).
In these two tales, originally published in 1865 and 1870, Verne takes us on a journey to the moon. The LEC Monthly Letter describes how uncannily accurate were some of Verne's descriptions for such a journey, with amazing parallels to the journey he relates and the actual NASA launch of Apollo 11.
With sixteen full-page illustrations from paintings by Robert Shore (1924-2014), who was awarded the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal in 1966. A Fulbright fellow in painting, his works are part of the permanent collections at the Smithsonian and NASA (n.b., info from Shore's obituary in The New York Times).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in quarter ochre buckram stamped in green and gold, parchment paper-covered boards printed with a map of the moon's surface in sepia, the sixteen illustrations by Shore throughout the two volumes; linotype Times Roman on white eggshell-finish paper, quarto size (10 5/8" by 7.25"), consecutively paginated thus: volume one: [i-iv] v-xiv [xv-xx], 1-206; volume two: [i-x] 207-425 [426, blank] [427, colophon] with Robert Shore's signature on the colophon page. In the original glassine wrappers, the LEC Monthly Letter and announcement for this set loosely laid in, all housed in a slipcase covered with tan paper, with decorative calligraphaphic ornaments on the two sides, a "spine label" printed on the back in light and dark shades of grey.
___CONDITION: Volumes both fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with all hinges solid, the interiors are clean and bright, and both volumes are entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The glassine wrappers near fine with a hint of sunning to the spines and a few tiny areas of edgewear; the LEC Letter and announcement both near fine, both with a hint of toning and light areas of unintended creasing; slipcase near fine, strong and sturdy, with a few spots of light wear to the paper covering.
___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 429.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusally heavy set and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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