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Claudius Bombarnac Carnet D'un Reporter / Le Chateau Des Carpathes (claudius Bombarnac Special Reporter & The Carpathian Castle)
Paris, France: Collection Hetzel. Very Good+. 0. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; This book is one of the grand octavo" (large 8vo) volumes of the Collection Hetzel in the "Volume Double : Cartonnage à 1 éléphant - titre dans le cartouche (This binding has one elephant at the top corner of the front cover, the series name inside a gilt, red and black illustrated fan. This copy is the Second type (2ème type)." "Le cartonnage n'est plus signé Engel (ni en bas à droite du 1er plat, ni en bas du dos) The binding is not signed on the bottom edge of the front cover and the rear cover embossing is entirely in red - the company logo is inside a diamond shape. For both titles there are 12 chromolithographs and two maps in monochrome. This book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and beginning fraying. There is some beginning rubbing to the spine ends and edges of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. "Born in Nantes, France, in 1828, Jules Verne pursued a writing career after finishing law school. He hit his stride after meeting publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, who nurtured many of the works that would comprise the author's Voyages Extraordinaires. Often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction," Verne wrote books about a variety of innovations and technological advancements years before they were practical realities. Although he died in 1905, his works continued to be published well after his death, and he became the second most translated author in the world." "Claudius Bombarnac, a reporter is assigned by the Twentieth Century to cover the travels of the Grand Transasiatic Railway which runs between Uzun Ada, Turkestan and Peking, China. Accompanying him on this journey is an interesting collection of characters, including one who is trying to beat the round the world record and another who is a stowaway. Claudius hopes one of them will become the hero of his piece, so his story won't be just a boring travelogue. He is not disappointed when a special car guarded by troops is added to the train, said to be carrying the remains of a great Mandarin. The great Mandarin actually turns out to be a large consignment being returned to China from Persia. Unfortunately the train must travel through a large part of China that is controlled by unscrupulous robber-chiefs. Before the journey is over, Claudius finds his hero." .
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