1896 Scarce Edition - Jules Verne - The Vanished Diamond: A Tale of South Africa.
Author : Jules Verne.
Title : The Vanished Diamond: A Tale of South Africa.
Publisher : London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company Limited, 1896. New Edition and cheaper edition (stated).
Language : Text in English.
Size : 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages : viii-263 pages.
Binding : Attractive and very good original illustrated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover. Uncommon edition.
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing - as shown, ink stamp of a previous owner on first endpaper).
Illustrations : Complete with the frontispiece and the 48 full page illustrations.
Estimate : (USD 400 - USD 600)
The book : Scarce and attractive Sampson Low edition of The Vanished Diamond, also translated as The Southern Star (French: L'Étoile du sud, lit. The Star of the South), is a novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1884. This novel takes place in South Africa amongst the diamond fields in the district of Griqualand. Most of the land is owned by a fictitious wealthy miner, Mr. John Watkins. A shanty town filled with miners has sprung up, all with the hope to get rich. The main area of diamond mining is the Vandergaart Kopje.
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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