1893 Scarce 1st US Edition - AXEL EBERSEN, The Graduate of Upsala by Jules Verne collaborator, André Laurie.
Author: Andre Laurie (real name: Jean François Paschal Grousset).
Title : AXEL EBERSEN. The Graduate of Upsala .
Publisher: Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1893. First American Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: vi-286 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original illustrated cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, some light foxing and staining. ex-libris of previous owners on the first endpaper and the second blank page - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 22 full-page illustrations by Georges Roux.
The book: Scarce and attractive first American edition of AXEL EBERSEN. The Graduate of Upsala from French author Andre Laurie, who collaborated with Jules Verne on a number of his novels. A sentimental novel of an impoverished young Swedish medical student who discovers a treatment to restore the health of his father, who has been in a coma for seven years.
The author: Jean François Paschal Grousset (7 April 1844, Corte – 9 April 1909, Paris) was a French politician, journalist, translator and science fiction writer. Grousset published under the pseudonyms of André Laurie, Philippe Daryl, Tiburce Moray and Léopold Virey. Grousset was born in Corte, Corsica, and studied medicine before commencing a journalistic career. In 1869 he began working for the weekly newspaper La Marseillaise, writing pro-revolutionary articles. As a result of an attempt by Grousset to challenge Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte to a duel during 1870, Grousset's second, Victor Noir, was shot and killed by Bonaparte during a quarrel. Later the same year Grousset was sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was elected a member of the Paris Commune, becoming a member of its Executive Committee and Delegate for External Affairs. After the fall of the Commune, he was arrested and, in 1872, he was deported to New Caledonia. He escaped, and lived in Sydney, San Francisco, New York City and London, making a living by teaching French. He returned to France after the 1880 amnesty, becoming involved in literature and physical culture, but eventually returning to politics and, in 1893, becoming a Socialist Deputy for the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Like Jules Verne, he was another discovery of publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel. He "collaborated" with Verne on Les Cinq Cent Millions de la Begum (1879), L'Étoile du Sud (1884) and L'Épave du Cynthia (1885). Some scholars believe that these works were based on manuscripts written by Grousset and rewritten by Verne at Hetzel's request.
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