Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.30

vintage-sf-badgeNo.30 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice, like yesterday’s, is a bit sneaky – I’m reading both these two books but haven’t finished or reviewed them yet – but they definitely need highlighting because they are great classics.  Today: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  First published in 1870 this is considered one of Verne’s most popular works.  My dad gave me this book and I’m kind of disappointed that I’ve not been able to finish it yet but I’ve been overtaken by life and other deadlines!

1873 Sampson Low:

1873 Sampson

1917 Geosset and Dunlop:

1917 Geosset

1958 The Children’s Press:

1958 Children's Press

1966 Pocket Books:

1966 Pocket Books

1976 Bantam:

1976 Bantam

1987 Galley Press: (I just love this one for some reason)

1987 Galley

1997 Acclaim books:

1997 Acclaim

2007 Dodo Press:

2007 Dodo Press

2014 Rock Paper Co:

2014 rock Paper

16 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.30”

  1. S. C. Flynn

    Loved it as a kid. Still did last time I read it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – I need to press on with it – I’ve been wanting to read it for ages.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Maybe I’m boring, but I like the 1873 cover the best. No contest.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Not at all – I think it’s lovely and I love the fine detail. Most of the really early covers were really classy – plain, but well worked. I’d love to know what people from that era would make of book covers these days – I suppose it shows how greatly things have changed.
      Lynn 😀

  3. poseidons99

    definitely worthy of any reader’s time! 🙂

  4. jessreadingnook

    I want the 1873 copy so bad! It’s so pretty.

  5. proxyfish

    1873! Definitely! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      There seems to be a consensus on the 1873 – a definite winner!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’ll break with the rest and say 1966 version all the way! I love the retro font and that image of the submarine says so much about the story, the wonder and the deep sea discoveries. Not so keen on the 2007 for the same reason, it doesn’t indicate any underwater adventures. And I’m laughing a little at the 1917 goofy shark or whale thing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like the submarine too – all the lights shining out particularly. The 1997 is my least favourite version. I like the version with the tentacles coming through the porthole. It has a comedy feel to it.

  7. Deepika Ramesh

    Hi Lynn. I still haven’t read this book. Now that I have seen the gorgeous covers that you have shared, I cannot wait to read it. Thank you. 🙂

  8. jessicabookworm

    I also love the 1987 Galley Press cover – simple but brilliant. I am looking forward to reading this; it is on my Classics Club list.

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