VERNE, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Adapted by Gertrude Moderow. Chicago: Scott Foresman and Company, 1952.
8vo., presentation binding of full brown polished calf, lettered in gilt on spine with presentation in gilt on upper board "To: Fleur Cowles...with the Compliments of Michael Todd"; top edge gilt; with illustrations by Fran Foley; pp.[ix], 331, [v]; very light rubbing to head of spine otherwise a near-fine copy.
First edition of this adaptation of Verne's novel designed for children, in which Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager.
We presume that the film director Michael Todd had copies of this bound up for presentation to friends and colleagues after his film version starring David Niven was released in 1956. Fleur Cowles had been a guest at the wedding of Michael Todd and Elizabeth Taylor.