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The Smithsonian Institution Libraries are fortunate to have a few early editions of Verne's works with the original engraved illustrations which made his works so popular. Verne and his publisher Julius Hetzel paid acute attention to the details of these illustrations, so that they are almost an integral part of the story. Later reprints usually omitted these engravings, and since the original woodcuts and early printing plates are long gone, all that remains are these images from the early books.

The following selection will give an idea of what was available one hundred years ago - illustrations which introduce the characters, provide panoramas which describe the locale of the adventure and the flora and fauna encountered, give maps where the reader may follow the heroes' adventures, or illustrate a particularly exciting or scientific moment. They are truly Voyages Extraordinaire.


Author:
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
Title/Imprint:
Cinq semaines en ballon; voyage de découvertes en Afrique, par trois anglais (Five weeks in a balloon; or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa, by three Englishmen)
J. Hetzel: Paris , 1867
 

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
 

Author:
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
Title/Imprint:
From the Earth to the Moon Direct in Ninety-seven Hours and Twenty Minutes, and a Trip around it. Trans. by Louis Mercier and Eleanor King (De la terre à la lune)
Scribner, Armstrong: New York , 1874
 

Author:
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
Title/Imprint:
Robur-le-conquérant (Robert, the Conqueror)
J. Hetzel et Cie.: Paris , 1886
 

Title/Imprint:
Science and Invention, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Aug. 1920
Experimenter Publishing Co., Inc.: New York , 1920