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English Book Sets/Series

Sampson Low

SAMPSON LOW SETS

Sampson Low History (i.e. History, Name Changes, and Address changes)

Ed: I have found an ad from London, 1893, that indicates, that in October (preparing for the Christmas season) that you could buy "cases" of Jules Verne novels (5 at a time), for a discount of 4 shillings (regular price 5 shillings).

"A winter without a book by Jules Verne would scarecly be intelligible." -- The Globe.

A 40 volume "Jules Verne's Stories" Set, bought "by the case" !!!
(and that doesn't include the 41st volume, The Castle of the Carpathians, announced at the top of the page!!!

Here is that ad, from the October 20, 1893, London, Westminster Budget paper:

"Terribly Thrilling and absolutely harmless." -- The Times

On this page are listed various Sampson Low "Sets" of Jules Verne titles. None of the sets contain ALL Jules Vernes novels, but some come close.

Sampson Low Publisher Series

Pears' Soap Edition
(Pears Plain
& Pears Banner)

Gilt Title
(similar to Pears Plain)

Gilt Banner
(similar to Pears Banner)

Grey Banner
(similar to Pears Banner)

One Shilling, Jules Verne's Works
Low's Authorized
& Illustrated Edition

Art Deco

Celestial Spine
- Pastedown Cover

Celestial Cover & Spine
- Pastedown Cover

Chronicles of the IMP Dustjackets

Onion Dome
/ Taj Mahal
Cover

Monkey in Amazon
Cover

Big Ship
Cover

Small Ship
Cover

Group of Explorers
Cover






Pears' Soap Edition
Plain and Banner variants
Sampson Low (1880s,1890s)

Named because of the advertisement for Pears' Soap on the back cover.

There are 2 variants of the Pears Soap Edition, ALWAYS in RED

Ed: I have named them:

Pears Soap Plain Pears Soap Banner

The Pears Soap Edition, are ALWAYS Red, and although there are other similar sized volumes (Gilt Banner, Grey Banner, & Gilt Title), the RED set is the only set with the Pears advertisement on the rear cover.

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here.

39 Books in this series:

Alphabetical

  1. Abandoned (Mysterious Island, Part 2)
  2. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  3. The Archipelago on Fire
  4. Around the Moon (Round the Moon on Title page)
  5. Around the World in Eighty Days
  6. The Begums Fortune
  7. The Blockade Runners
  8. Burbank the Northerner (North Against South, Part 1)
  9. The Captain of the Guidara (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1)
  10. The Child of the Cavern
  11. The Clipper of the Clouds
  12. The Cryptogrm (The Giant Raft, Part 2)
  13. The Demon of Cawnpore (The Steam House, Part 1)
  14. Dick Sands
  15. Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
  16. Dropped From the Clouds (Mysterious Island, Part 1)
  17. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (The Giant Raft Part 1)
  18. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  19. The Flight to France or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
  20. A Floating City
  21. From the Earth to the Moon
  22. The Fur Country
  23. Godfrey Morgan
  24. The Green Ray
  25. Hector Servadac
  26. The Lottery Ticket
  27. Martin Paz
  28. Mathias Sandorf, Part 1
  29. Mathias Sandorf, Part 2
  30. Michael Strogoff
  31. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  32. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  33. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  34. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  35. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  36. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  37. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (Complete in 2 parts)
  38. Vanished Diamond
  39. A Winter Amid the Ice











Gilt Banner
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

38 Books in this series:
(in THIS series, Mathias Sandorf is complete in 1 volume)

Alphabetical

  1. Abandoned (Mysterious Island, Part 2)
  2. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  3. The Archipelago on Fire
  4. Around the Moon (Round the Moon on Title page)
  5. Around the World in Eighty Days
  6. The Begums Fortune
  7. The Blockade Runners
  8. Burbank the Northerner (North Against South, Part 1)
  9. The Captain of the Guidara (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 1)
  10. The Child of the Cavern
  11. The Clipper of the Clouds
  12. The Cryptogrm (The Giant Raft, Part 2)
  13. The Demon of Cawnpore (The Steam House, Part 1)
  14. Dick Sands
  15. Dr Ox's Experiment, Master Zacharius
  16. Dropped From the Clouds (Mysterious Island, Part 1)
  17. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (The Giant Raft Part 1)
  18. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  19. The Flight to France or The Memoirs of a Dragoon
  20. A Floating City
  21. From the Earth to the Moon
  22. The Fur Country
  23. Godfrey Morgan
  24. The Green Ray
  25. Hector Servadac
  26. The Lottery Ticket
  27. Martin Paz
  28. Mathias Sandorf (2 vol in 1) * This book is published as 1 volume
  29. Michael Strogoff
  30. Scarpante the Spy (Keraban the Inflexible, Part 2)
  31. The Secret of the Island (Mysterious Island, Part 3)
  32. The Survivors of the Chancellor (Part 1 and 2 in 1 volume)
  33. Texar the Southerner (North Against South, Part 2)
  34. Tigers and Traitors (The Steam House, Part 2)
  35. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  36. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (Complete in 2 parts)
  37. Vanished Diamond
  38. A Winter Amid the Ice

Grey Banner
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

ONLY the 4 Titles listed here have been seen!:

Alphabetical

  1. The Green Ray (1885)
  2. Mathias Sandorf - Part 1 (1889)
  3. Mathias Sandorf - Part 2 (1889)
  4. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1888)




Gilt Title
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington Ltd

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

ONLY the 7 Titles listed here have been "seen"!:

Alphabetical

  1. Around the Moon (nd) (Red and Green)
  2. Burbank the Northerner (1891)
  3. Clipper of the Clouds (1891)
  4. Flight to France (1891)
  5. From the Earth to the Moon (Not Seen - Assumed)
  6. Texar the Southerner (1891)
  7. Vanished Diamond (1891)









ed: Note the different covers on the above Blockade Runners editions
One has an image from the book, the other an image of Jules Verne!

Jules Verne's Works
One Shilling

Low's Authorized & Illustrated Edition
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
London

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

Frys Cocoa instead of Pears' Soap? - These books appear to always have a Fry's Cocoa ad on the back cover

These volumes are paperbound, and probably have a title set, similar to the above listing of Pears Soap Editions, by Sampson Low.

All of these have the publisher listed as
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, which puts the date of publication around 1876-1890 (Sampson Low History)

Comprehensive and detailed listing with cover images available here

Titles seen in this series:

  1. The Archipelago on Fire
  2. Around the Moon
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days
  4. The Begum's Fortune
  5. The Blockade Runners
  6. - Alternate Cover
    The Blockade Runners - Jules Verne Cover
  7. The Child of the Cavern
  8. Dick Sands - Part 1
  9. Dick Sands - Part 2
  10. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  11. A Floating City
  12. The Fur Country - Part 1
  13. The Fur Country - Part 2
  14. From the Earth to the Moon
  15. The Giant Raft - Part 1 Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  16. The Giant Raft - Part 2 - The Cryptogram
  17. The Green Ray
  18. Hector Servadac - Part 1
  19. Hector Servadac - Part 2
  20. Keraban the Inflexible - Part 1 - Captain of the Guidara
  21. Keraban the Inflexible - Part 2 - Scarpante the Spy
  22. Martin Paz
  23. Michael Strogoff - Part 1
  24. Michael Strogoff - Part 2
  25. The Mysterious Island - Part 1 - Dropped From the Clouds
  26. The Mysterious Island - Part 2 - Abandoned
  27. The Mysterious Island - part 3 - The Secret of the Island
  28. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Part 1 (Crab cover)
  29. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Part 2 (Clam cover)
  30. - Alternate Cover
    Twenty Thousand leagues Under the Sea - Part 2 (Nautilus window cover)
  31. A Winter Amid the Ice

    The following are assumed to exist, but have not yet been seen!
  32. ?-Adventures of Three Englishmen & Three Russians in South Africa
  33. ?-Clipper of the Clouds
  34. ?-Dr Ox's Experiment & Master Zacharius
  35. ?-The Flight to France
  36. ?-Godfrey Morgan, A Californian Mystery
  37. ?-The Lottery Ticket, A Tale of Tellemarken
  38. ?-Mathias Sandorf - Part 1
  39. ?-Mathias Sandorf - Part 2
  40. ?-North Against South - Part 1 - Burbank the Northerner
  41. ?-North Against South - Part 2 - Texar the Southerner
  42. ?-The Survivors of the Chancellor
  43. ?-The Steam House - Part 1 - Demon of Cawnpore
  44. ?-The Steam House - Part 2 - Tigers & Traitors
  45. ?-Tribulations of a Chinaman
  46. ?-The Vanished Diamond



Art Deco Heart

Sampson Low, Marston & Co.

Titles seen in this series:
  1. Archipelago on Fire
  2. Adrift in the Pacific
  3. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  4. ...






Sampson Low, Marston & Co.
Art Deco

Seen with a 1914 inscription

Titles seen in this series:

  1. Abandoned
  2. The Blockade Runners
  3. The Child of the Cavern
  4. Clipper of the Clouds
  5. Demon of Cawnpore
  6. Dropped From the Clouds
  7. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  8. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  9. From the Earth to the Moon
  10. Secret of the Island
  11. Three Englishmen and Three Russians
  12. Tigers and Traitors
  13. ...






Paste Down / Celestial Spine
Sampson Low

Probably from the teens (1911-1919)

Authorized Copyright Edition

Titles in this series include:

  1. Abandoned (AN)
  2. Dick Sands (this is a slight variation, see swirl on cover)
  3. Dropped From the Clouds (AN)
  4. Michael Strogoff (this is a slight variation, see swirl on cover)
  5. Secret of the Island (AN)
  6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Note: The Cover Pastedown is ALSO the Fronticpiece

Mysterious Island volumes Collection Andrew Nash
Dick Sands courtesy of Philip Hollaway

Note: Myststerious Island, in parts, ALSO appears in the "Celestial Cover" series

This "Spine" was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!








Paste Down / Celestial Cover
Sampson Low

The Cryptogram in my collection is inscribed Dec 24, 1917
The Clippter of the Clouds has been seen inscribed Dec 1915

Publisher Title Page Info:
SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY. LTD.
Author's Copyright Edition
(The Cryptogram)

OR

SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & CO. LD.
New and Cheaper Edition
(The Clipper of the Clouds)

OR

SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY
Limited
(Secret of the Island)

Titles in this series include:

  1. The Adventures of Three Englishmen
  2. Around the World in Eighty Days
  3. The Clipper of the Clouds (AN) (Dec 1915 inscription seen)
  4. The Cryptogram - Dec 24, 1917 inscription (AN)
  5. Dick Sands
  6. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (assumed)
  7. The Floating Island (inscribed 1918)
  8. Godfrey Morgan
  9. Michael Strogoff (AN)
  10. Dropped from the Clouds (assumed)
  11. Abandoned (assumed)
  12. The Secret of the Island
  13. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (AN)
  14. ...

Note: From my collection, 3 parts of Mysterious Island, and Michael Strogoff have the Paste-down AND the Celestial spine BUT do NOT have the Celestial design on the cover!

There are at least 4 variations of cover and spine details
Title in Black
Cover Celestial in Colour
(Like Red or Gray)
Spine in Matching colour
Spine Title Black
Title in Black
Cover Celestial Gilt
Spine Gilt
Spine Title Gilt
Title in Black
Cover Celestial in a Colour
(Like Red or Grey)
Spine in matching colour
Spine Title Gilt
Title in Gilt
Cover Celestial in Colour
(Like Red or Grey)
Spine in Gilt
Spine Title Gilt

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!




Adventure Dustjacket Series

Sampson Low

Priced 1/6

Titles in this series include:

  1. Archipelago on Fire - Big Ship Cover
  2. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon - Big Ship Cover
  3. From the Earth to the Moon
  4. Texar the Southerner - Monkey Jungle Cover
  5. ...

Archipelago on Fire and Texar the Sourtherner both available from
Adrian Harrington Rare Books








Voyages Dustjacket Series
"Ever popular Books for Boys"

Sampson Low

Samspon Low issued some books with a Dustjacket that has images from numerous Verne titles.

The rear ad for the series says:
Jules Verne's Ever Popular Booys For Boys
Uniform with this Volume
(with an image of the Onion Dome/Taj cover !)

The Dustjackets were put over various style covers and NOT all the same.

The Dustjacket has been noted over "Onion Dome", "Monkey Jungle" and "Big Ship"

Titles covered with this Dustjacket inclue:

  1. Adrift in the Pacific (with a RED banner)
  2. Clipper of the Clouds (price 3 shillings on DJ)
  3. From the Earth to the Moon
  4. The Purchase of the North Pole
  5. Round the Moon ("6" visible on DJ spine, so 2s6d)
  6. Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea
    (
    2s blacked out on spine, 2s6d on rear cover)
  7. ...


2s or 2s6d blacked out on spine but 2s6d prominent on rear cover














Chronicles of the IMP Series
with Specific Title Dustjackets

Sampson Low

In the late 1920's, Sampson Low issued Jules Verne books with a Dustjacket, that always had an ad on the back, advertising
The Chronicles of the IMP by Jeffery Farnol

Titles in this Series include:

  1. The Abandoned - (Jeffery Farnol Ad, but NOT Imp)
  2. Adrift in the Pacific (2 variations of Dustjacket) - Taj/Onion Dome
  3. The Adventures of Three Englishmen
  4. Around the World in Eighty Days
  5. The Clipper of the Clouds
  6. The Cryptogram
  7. Dropped From the Clouds
  8. 800 Leagues On the Amazon
  9. End of Nana Sahib
  10. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  11. Flight to France
  12. Floating City and The Blockade Runners
  13. Floating Island
  14. From the Earth to the Moon (inscribed 1939) - Small Ship Cover
  15. The Fur Country - Big Ship Cover
  16. Lighthouse at the End of the World
  17. Master of the World
  18. Michael Strogoff
  19. The Secret of the Island
  20. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  21. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  22. The Vanished Diamond
  23. A Winter Amid the Ice
  24. ...









Onion Dome / Taj Mahal
Sampson Low.

In the mid to late teens (1915-1920) , Sampson Low published Jules Verne books with a "Taj Mahal"/"Onion Dome" type cover.

The title page of these books is undated, but books have been observed with:

  • a 1916 Xmas inscription
  • a 1917 Xmas inscription
  • a 1918 BookPlate for a school prize

Titles with this cover include:

  1. Abandoned (Myst. Island)
  2. Adrift in the Pacific
  3. Around the World in Eight days
  4. The Clipper of the Clouds (seen with Prize plate-1923)
  5. The Cryptogram
  6. Dropped From the Clouds (Myst. Island)
  7. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon
  8. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  9. The Floating City and The Blockade Runners
  10. The Floating Island
  11. From the Earth to the Moon and a Trip Round It
  12. Godfrey Morgan
  13. The Lottery Ticket (and The Vanished Diamond)
    The cover simply states The Lottery Ticket (Beige with Blue sky)
  14. The Lottery Ticket and The Begums Fortune
  15. The Lottery Ticket (and The Flight to France)
  16. Secret of the Island (Myst. Island)
  17. The Tribulations of a Chinaman
  18. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  19. The Vanished Diamond
    and also listed on the below dustjacket
  20. The Child of the Cavern
  21. The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians
  22. Hector Servadac
  23. Mathias Sandorf
  24. Survivors of the Chancellor
  25. Burbank the Northerner
  26. Texar the Southerner
  27. Purchase of the North Pole










Monkey Jungle Cover
Sampson Low

Copies noted with inscriptions from: 1914, 1916, 1921

The covers come in both a Coloured Jungle image as well, as an outline image on the basic cover!

Titles seen in this series:
  1. The Adventures of Three Englishmen
  2. Burbank the Northerner
  3. Child of the Cavern
  4. The Clipper of the Clouds
  5. The Cryptogram (Part 2: Giant Raft)
  6. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon (Part 1: Giant Raft)
  7. The End of Nana Sahib (Part 1: Steam House)
  8. The Floating Island
  9. From the Earth to the Moon
  10. Hector Servadac
  11. Purchase of the North Pole
  12. Round the Moon
  13. The Secret of the Island (Part 3: Mysterious Island)
  14. Texar the Southerner
  15. Tigers and Traitors (Part 1: Steam House)
  16. The Vanished Diamond
  17. A Winter Amid the Ice
  18. ...

Tigers and Traitors, Adventures of..., Cryptogram: Images courtesy of James Keeline (External Facebook link)

Title: Purchase...: verified by Tim Lucas

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!












Big Ship Cover
Sampson Low, Martson & Co Ltd.

Copies noted with inscriptions from: 1919, 1923

The covers come in both a Coloured Ship image as well, as an outline image on the basic cover!

I do not know if there is a difference in price between the 2

One dustjacket shown to the left

Price 1'6p

The titles seen in this series include:
  1. Abandoned
  2. Archipelago on Fire
  3. The Blockade Runners
  4. The Clipper of the Clouds
  5. The Cryptogram
  6. Dropped From the Clouds
  7. 800 Leagues Up the Amazon
  8. The Flight to France
  9. A Floating City
  10. The Floating Island (nd - inscr 1919)
  11. The Fur Country
  12. From the Earth to the Moon
  13. Godfrey Morgan
  14. Hector Servadac
  15. Mathias Sandorf
  16. The Mystery of the Franklin
  17. Round the Moon
  18. Survivors of the Chancellor
  19. Three Englishmen and Three Russians
  20. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  21. The Vanished Diamond
  22. ...

Title: Archipelago...: verified by Tim Lucas

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!






(Above Right: Eight Hundred Leagues!)


(Above Right: Twenty Thousand Leagues)

Small Ship Cover
Sampson Low

The "Small Ship" covers and spines come in a variety of styles:
  • Ship with Sun Rays on cover - Spine with Gilt Lettering
  • Ship with Sun Rays on cover - Spine with Black Lettering & Ship at top
  • Ship with NO Sun Rays on cover - Spine with Black Lettering & Design
  • Ship with NO Sun Rays on cover and NO title on cover

An example has been seen inscribed 1934

Seen with DustJacket (Michael Strogoff) SEE DustJacket entry below!
Rear of DustJacket says:
The Following "Boys' Stories of School and Adventure" are published Uniform with this volume.
Ed: See list in the Below Dust Jacket entry!

The titles seen in this series include:

  1. Abandoned (assumed)
  2. Adrift in the Pacific
  3. Archipelago on Fire
  4. Clipper of the Clouds (Inscr 1934)
  5. The Cryptogram
  6. Dropped From the Clouds
  7. Eight Hundred Leagues Up the Amazon
  8. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  9. The Floating Island
  10. For the Flag
  11. Michael Strogoff
  12. Mystery of the Franklin
  13. The Secret of the Island (assumed)
  14. ...

Ed Note: I have found images for ONLY the Spines of
For the Flag: with Gilt Lettering on Spine (image to left, has Black lettering)
and Archipelago on Fire: Gilt Lettering on Spine

Ed Note: I have not personally seen the copy of For the Flag, but it was listed as being "Fully Illustrated" and its title page is in the style of a title page from the late 1800's

This cover was NOT used exclusively for Jules Verne!

Dust Jacket of
Boys' Stories of School and Adventure
Sampson Low

This dustjack has been seen with Michael Strogoff and the rear of the Dustjacket says:
The Following "Boys' Stories of School and Adventure" are published Uniform with this volume.
The cover under the Michael Strogoff Dustjacket was "Small Ship"!

The titles listed on the Dust Jacket in this series include:

  1. Abandoned
  2. Around the World in 80 Days
  3. The Cryptogram
  4. Dick Sands
  5. Dropped From the Clouds
  6. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  7. End of Nana Sahib
  8. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  9. Flight to France
  10. A Floating City and Blockade Runners
  11. From the Earth to the Moon and a Trip Round It
  12. Fur Country
  13. Godfrey Morgan
  14. Hector Servadac
  15. The Lighthouse at the End of the World
  16. Master of the World
  17. Michael Strogoff
  18. Mystery of the Franklin
  19. Secret of the Island
  20. Their Island Home
  21. Tribulations of a Chinaman
  22. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Other Authors were also issued in this series


Each of the Explorers books, came with a Dust Jacket.
Images below:


Group of Explorers
Sampson Low

The books in this series, all have the same cover, but they did come with Dust Jackets

Titles in this series include:

  1. Adrift in the Pacific
  2. Burbank the Northerner
  3. The Clipper of the Clouds
  4. Secret of the Island (175pgs/32Ads)
  5. Texar the Southerner A Tale of the American Civil War
  6. Tigers and Traitors
  7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  8. ...

 
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