1898 Rare French Book - JULES VERNE - The Steam House - La Maison à Vapeur. Hetzel Illustrated.
Author: Jules Verne.
Title : LA MAISON A VAPEUR-VOYAGE A TRAVERS L'INDE SEPTENTRIONALE.
Publisher : Paris, Bibliotheque d'Education et de Récréation J. HETZEL et Cie. no date (circa 1898).
Language: Text in French.
Size : 11 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: 398 pages.
Binding: Very good full red & gilt original cloth binding "au globe" (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good to good content (bright and tight. foxing and staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated with numerous engravings by Léon Benett.
Estimate : (USD 600 - USD 1000)
The book: Rare and attractive early French Hetzel edition of The Steam House (French: La Maison à vapeur) is an 1880 Jules Verne novel recounting the travels of a group of British colonists in the Raj in a wheeled house pulled by a steam-powered mechanical elephant. Verne uses the mechanical house as a plot device to have the reader travel in nineteenth-century India. The descriptions are interspersed with historical information and social commentary.
The book takes place in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against British rule, with the passions and traumas aroused still very much alive among Indians and British alike. An alternate title by which the book was known - "The End of Nana Sahib" - refers to the appearance in the book of the historical figure—rebel leader Nana Sahib—who disappeared after the crushing of the rebellion, his ultimate fate unknown. Verne offers a fictional explanation of his disappearance.
The author: Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
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