Excerpt: ...indicated the place of a half-effaced tonsure. "A missionary! a priest!" exclaimed Joe. "Poor, unfortunate man!" said Kennedy. "We must save him, Dick!" responded the doctor; "we must save him!" The crowd of blacks, when they saw the balloon over their heads, like a huge comet with a train of dazzling light, were seized with a terror ...
Excerpt: ...indicated the place of a half-effaced tonsure. "A missionary! a priest!" exclaimed Joe. "Poor, unfortunate man!" said Kennedy. "We must save him, Dick!" responded the doctor; "we must save him!" The crowd of blacks, when they saw the balloon over their heads, like a huge comet with a train of dazzling light, were seized with a terror that may be readily imagined. Upon hearing their cries, the prisoner raised his head. His eyes gleamed with sudden hope, and, without too thoroughly comprehending what was taking place, he stretched out his hands to his unexpected deliverers. "He is alive!" exclaimed Ferguson. "God be praised! The savages have got a fine scare, and we shall save him! Are you ready, friends?" "Ready, doctor, at the word." "Joe, shut off the cylinder!" The doctor's order was executed. An almost imperceptible breath of air impelled the balloon directly over the prisoner, at the same time that it gently lowered with the contraction of the gas. For about ten minutes it remained floating in the midst of luminous waves, for Ferguson continued to flash right down upon the throng his glowing sheaf of rays, which, here and there, marked out swift and vivid sheets of light. The tribe, under the influence of an indescribable terror, disappeared little by little in the huts, and there was complete solitude around the stake. The doctor had, therefore, been right in counting upon the fantastic appearance of the balloon throwing out rays, as vivid as the sun's, through this intense gloom. The car was approaching the ground; but a few of the savages, more audacious than the rest, guessing that their victim was about to escape from their clutches, came back with loud yells, and Kennedy seized his rifle. The doctor, however, besought him not to fire. The priest, on his knees, for he had not the strength to stand erect, was not even fastened to the stake, his weakness rendering that precaution superfluous. At the instant when the car was close to the...
Illustrated. Fair. No Jacket. This antique hardcover book is bound in brown boards, with gilt lettering on the spine. Cover is soiled, worn; inner pages browned; bookplate on front inner board; hinges cracked; general wear and soil. No date of publication given; presumed circa 1890s. Publisher's note calls this book a satire of books about African exploration. 267 pages; approx. 5"x8".
Good+ 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 345 pp; Rear inner hinge almost seperated, toned pages, decorative covers. Still a nice book; Always Delivery Confirmation. 35 Years Fast Excellent Service. We Know How To Pack Books.
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Good. Book. 4to. Entire volume, marbled front board detached but present, rear board missing, spine missing, binding copy. This is the first appearance in English of parts of the author's first novel, a few pages excerpted from the book of the same title that would be published by D. Appleton, NY, 1869, after having been published multiple times in France beginning in 1863. Verne, who was relatively unknown in the English-speaking literary world, was misidentified by the editors of the present piece as "M. Jules Berne." It is generally believed the editors thought this piece was non-fiction as they noted in the introduction, "It was shameful of our newspapers, which profess to record everything that passes, to treat this important event with such utter silence." Very scarce.
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