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Author:
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
Title/Imprint:
Five weeks in a balloon; or, Journeys and discoveries in Africa, by three Englishmen (Cinq semaines en ballon; voyage de découvertes en Afrique, par trois anglais)
D. Appleton & Co.: New York , 1869

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A resident being carried away by the balloon. (Frontispiece)

Original caption:
The astonishment of the people was great on seeing one of their number carried away.

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Title page of the first American "pirate" translation of "Five Weeks in a Balloon". Published by Appleton & Co., New York. Most translations were anonymous, as here by "William Lackland". (Title Page)

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Title Page

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With no international copyright laws, publishers were free to reprint and translate foreign books with impunity. (Copyright page)

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Entered according to act of Congress

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Verne has created such a realistic novel that the publisher feels it necessary, through this "Publisher's Note", to inform the reader that it is an imaginary journey. In fact, some reviewers criticized Verne for omitting some references to published work in his book, unaware that it was a novel. (Publisher's Note)

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Publisher's Note

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Pirate publishers in the U.S. had to create their own illustrations. The engraver's art was highly developed, and the French engravings were quickly copied. Note the absence of the engraver's name, Riou, on this illustration compared with the French edition. The French editions used plates made from woodcuts, this illustration may actually be be a steel engraving. (p. 134 Facing)

Original caption:
The animal attempts in vain to cut himself loose.

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Again in this "mirage " illustration, the engraver's name, "Riou" is missing. (p. 204 Facing)

Original caption:
It is only the effect of a mirage, says the Doctor, that and nothing else.

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Another exciting episode. (p. 288 Facing)

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Joe caught hold of the ladder.

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The balloon is falling apart! (p. 323 Facing)

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The courageous Joe sustains himself by his hands on the edge of the basket.

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A change in temperature allows the balloon to take off. Again Verne uses the laws of physics to provide for his heroes' salvation. (p. 340 Facing)

Original caption:
The balloon, entirely inflated by the rarefaction of the temperature, takes flight, touching the branches as it passes.

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