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    First American Edition in Wonderful Condition

    Jules Verne. Michael Strogoff. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877. 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 green cloth over beveled boards, pictorially stamped on the front cover and spine in black and gilt. Minimal wear to cloth edges. Light soiling to rear panel. Previous owner's signature to front free endpaper. Trivial foxing to a small area of the text fore-edge. An unusually nice and bright copy in near fine condition.

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    "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). Myers, 40.



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    April, 2013
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