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Mistress Branican - 1891 

Mistress Branican - 1891

83 illustrations (Leon Benett)

Above image used with permission from
Project Jules Verne Illustrations by Bernhard Krauth, www.jules-verne-club.de

French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
MB
V038
Mxxx
Axxx
Alternate English Titles:
Mistress Branican
The Mystery of the Franklin
The Wreck of the Franklin

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)

After her husband John has gone to sea and she loses her only child, Wat, San Diego resident Dolly Branican goes mad. When she recovers, 4 years later, she discovers that her husband's ship was lost at sea. As heir to a substantial fortune during her madness, Dolly uses these resources to finance the discovery of the whereabouts of her husband's ship, the Franklin because she doesn't believe he is dead. Years later a clue to the fate of the Franklin is discovered in Australia, Dolly quickly goes to there to discover that her husband may still be alive in a remote part of northwestern Australia.


Book Collecting Information:

This listing contains ALL Jules Verne Encyclopedia bibliographic entries for this book.

 First English Editon:


Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In November 1892, Sampson Low published the first British edition of Mistress Branican, in post 8vo., priced at 6s. Pictured on the front cover is John Branican throwing himself amid the waves lashing at him, tossed about on the reefs where the Sonora had just run ashowre. An Australian Aborigine is shown on the spine as he climbs a gum tree by means of a flexible rattan."

This begins:
"There are two chances of never again seeing the griends we part with when starting on a long voyage."

Mistress Branican 
1892 [November 1892]
Sampson Low,
London

gilt edges

These images, do NOT show beveled boards!

Gray image courtesy of Andrew Cox Rare Books

First US Edition:



above 2, Ochre colour




above image (Mint Green) from Sumner and Stillman

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On October 2, 1891, Cassell Publishing Co., copyrighted Mistress Branican, and two copies were deposited on December 2. By November 21, 1891, Cassell published Mistress Branican translated by A. Estoclet, illustrated by L. Benett, small octavo, extra cloth, priced at $2.50. "

This translation opens:
"When you part with friends on the threshold of a long journey, there are at least two chances of your never seeing them again."

Mistress Branican
nd [November 1891]
Cassell Publishing Co,
New York

Translated from the French by A. Estoclet.

Illustrated by L. Benett

cover pictorially decorated in black and gilt

Mint green, Ochre, Aqua coloured cloth covers available

1891

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On November 12, 1891, the Author's Alliance, of New York, copyrighted A Tale of a Hat by Jules Verne. However, only the title of this book seems to have been deposited. The title appears to relate it to chapter 23 from Mistress Branican."

This story WAS published in various newspapers!

Tale of a Hat or Josh Merritt's Mania
(Copyright 1891 by the Authors' alliance)
1891 (Sunday, Nov 29)
The Pittsburgh Press
Pittsburgh, PA

Notice for The Tale of a Hat
Fri Nov 4, 1892
Wilkes Barre Times Leader - The Evening News
Wilkes Barre Record

Notice for tomorrows publication and summary of The Tale of a Hat
The Pittsburgh Press, Sat Nov 28,1891

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1893, Cassell published Mistress Branican as No. 137 in the Sunshine Series papercover edition.

Mistress Branican
nd-1893
Cassell Publishing Co.,
New York

Cassell's Sunshine Series - No. 137

1895
Unsure if this image IS THIS edition
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1895, Sampson Low published the MacGregor Library Edition of Mistress Branican, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d"

Notice re Macgregor edition, from 1895:
(The Pall Mall Gazette)

Example rear cover emblen

Mistress Branican
nd (inscribed 1895)
Sampson Low
London

Not beveled boards!

1st Image courtesy of Dana Eales

nd-circa 1896
Unsure if this image IS THIS edition
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In November 1895, Sampson Low published a New Edition of Mistress Branican, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

Mistress Branican
nd-circa 1896
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

Illustrated

New and Cheaper Edition

7.5 inches tall

Gilt page edges

Beveled Boards!

nd - 1902

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1902, Sampson Low published a New and Cheaper edition of Mistress Branican."

Note: This "could" be the 1905 or 1906 Sampson Low!
but it IS "New and Cheaper"!

Mistress Branican
nd-BkPlate-School Prize 1916
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

New and Cheaper Edition

Illustrated


Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Cassell subsequently published lower priced, scaled-down edition of Mistress Branican, with far fewer illustrations."

Mistress Branican
nd
Cassell Publishing Company
194 & 106 Fourth Avenue
New York

Cassells Juvenile Series

Translated from the French by A. Estoclet

This is NOT a recognized 1st edition

nd-1903 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1903, Street & Smith copyrighted and published The Wreck of the Franklin, with a few illustrations, which is an identical reprint of the scaled-down edition."

The Wreck of the Franklin
nd-1903
Street and Smith
New York

nd-1905 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"For Christmas 1905, Sampson Low published this title as a reissue of works by the late Jules Verne. These books are fully illustrated uniform copyright editions, priced at 2s6d."

Mistress Branican
nd
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

nd-1906 Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"For Christmas 1906, Sampson Low published this title in the fully illustrated uniform copyright edition, priced at 2s6d."

Mistress Branican
nd
Sampson Low Marston and Co
London

nd (copyright 1907)
 
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On April 25, 1907, Chatterton-Peck Company copyrighted, and soon after published, The Wreck of the Franklin, which is another identical reprint of the scaled-down edition of this book. Unlike the original fully illustrated Cassell edition, this one is sparsely illustrated.
... Most of these American editons are pictorially bound with the image of Mrs. Branica en route to the rescue ship Dolly's Hope on the front cover, and the bell of the shipwrecked Franklin on the spine."

The Wreck of the Franklin
nd (copyright 1907)
Chatterton-Peck Company
New York

This copy inscribed 1912
This is an interesting variant of Mistress Branican using
a unique title variation.
The cover is a simplified version of the 1st US edition by
Cassell Publishing Co, but they have used an odd title
variation.

2nd Image courtesy of Dana Eales



Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Later the Mershon Company of Rahway, New Jersey reprinted virtually identical editions of this work.
... Most of these American editons are pictorially bound with the image of Mrs. Branica en route to the rescue ship Dolly's Hope on the front cover, and the bell of the shipwrecked Franklin on the spine."

Mistress Branican
nd
Mershon Co
New Jersey

Last 2 images courtesy of Dana Eales

19xx
Not specifically mentioned in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia.

Mistress Branican
circa 19xx
Mershon Co
New Jersey

nd-1928
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In September 1928, Sampson Low published Mystery of the Franklin, New Edition, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."

Mystery of the Franklin
nd
Sampson Low
London

Small Ship Cover

This book???
Note: A Biography of the author in back of the book says "in 1928 we will be celebrating the anniversary of his birth" .

nd-1928
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In September 1928, Sampson Low published Mystery of the Franklin, New Edition, in crown 8vo., priced at 2s6d."
(same entry as above)

The Mystery of the Franklin
nd
Sampson Low
London

Big Ship Cover

This book???
Note: A Biography of the author in back of the book says "in 1928 we will be celebrating the anniversary of his birth" .

1970
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1970, Sun Books published Mistress Branican, 282 pages, priced at $1.25 in Australia"

Mistress Branican
nd (1970)
Sun Books
Melbourne, Australia

 
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