DescriptionJules Verne. Michael Strogoff. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877. First American edition. Octavo. 377 pages. Illustrated. Publisher's reddish brown cloth. Rubbing to extremities. Slightly cocked and a bit shaken. Very good.
First American edition. Octavo. [xvi], 1-377, [378-379, blank], [380-381, maps], [382, blank], [6, ads] pages. Half-title vignette, frontispiece and ninety illustrations inserted. Publisher's reddish brown cloth over beveled boards, pictorially stamped on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. Extremities very slightly rubbed. Some wear to spine edges and corners, some rubbing to joints and cloth, endpapers foxed, some moderate foxing in text. Text overopened in several places. A bit shaken. Very good.
"For [Verne's] epic narrative, he had imagined an invasion of Russia's far-off Siberian territories by Tatars sweeping north from Turkestan. In his capital of St. Petersburg, the czar chooses a messenger who must at any cost reach Irkutsk to warn the garrison. For the rebels have cut the telegraph lines, and a traitor is en route to Irkutsk to offer his services to the grand duke, the czar's brother, who commands the region. The czar's hardy messenger is Michael Strogoff, and he shows himself to be well worthy of the confidence. Before his ordeal is over, he will be caught by the rebel chieftain, who orders him blinded; henceforth, brave Nadia, the young woman Michael had taken under his protection, will guide him until his mission is accomplished. This messenger had been presented to the czar as fearless, resistant to frost, thirst, fatigue, the hero par excellence" (Lottman, Jules Verne, p. 193).
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