New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. 1st edition, 1st issue [Myers 18 (1)]. xviii, , 432,  pp. Adverts last 4 pages, including "Hector Servadac", p. 1. Illustrations by L. Benett and P. Philippoteaux, plus 'fac-similes of ancient drawings', 8vo. 8-7/8" x 5-3/4". Original publisher's brown decorative cloth with gilt stamped lettering/black design. Bevelled edges. Pale yellow eps. Some shelfwear, with fraying to cloth at spine ends. Prior owner signatures to front eps. A VG copy. Item #5610.1
1st book of a three-book series published by Scribner's in 1879; 1880 & 1881 (The second and third titles being respectively: GREAT NAVIGATORS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY and THE EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD). In this volume, Verne begins with Hanno (505 BC), works his way to Marco Polo (late 1200s), continues with Columbus- Pizarr-, Magellan et al, and concludes with the Polar expeditions & search for the Northwest Passage. According to Myers, this is the only non-fictional work of Verne's printed in the English language.