Paris, France: Collection Hetzel. Very Good+. 0. Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. B&W and Color Illustrations; This book is one of the grand octavo" (large 8vo) volumes of the Collection Hetzel in the "Volume Simple : Cartonnage aux feuilles d'acanthe - Rouge". ( illustrated, ornamented edition with acanthus leaves and a red circle surrounding the gilt lettering of the title on the front cover). The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. There is one patch of light, but noticeable rubbing to the front cover. The text pages are mostly clean and bright, with some generalized light toning. This book is illustrated throughout with both black and white and three color illustrations. "Legend has it that in 1839, at the age of 11, Verne secretly procured a spot as cabin boy on the three-mast ship Coralie, with the intention of traveling to the Indies and bringing back a coral necklace for his cousin Caroline. The ship was due to set out for the Indies that evening but stopped first at Paimboeuf, where Pierre Verne arrived just in time to catch his son and make him promise to travel "only in his imagination". It is now known that the legend is an exaggerated tale invented by Verne's first biographer, his niece Marguerite Allotte de la Füye, though it may have been inspired by a real incident. The Lycée Royal in Nantes (now the Lycée Georges-Clemenceau) , where Jules Verne studied. In 1840, the Vernes moved again to a large apartment at No. 6 Rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, where the family's youngest child, Marie, was born in 1842. In the same year Verne entered another religious school, the Petit Séminaire de Saint-Donatien, as a lay student. His unfinished novel Un prêtre en 1839 (A Priest in 1839) , written in his teens and the earliest of his prose works to survive, describes the seminary in disparaging terms. From 1844 to 1846, Verne and his brother were enrolled in the Lycée Royal (now the Lycée Georges-Clemenceau) in Nantes. After finishing classes in rhetoric and philosophy, he took the baccalauréat at Rennes and received the grade "Fairly good" on 29 July 1846." . (Inventory #: A34709)
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