1881 · New York
The Steam House (French: La maison à vapeur) is an 1880 Jules Verne novel recounting the travels of a group of British colonists in the Raj in a wheeled house pulled by a steam-powered mechanical elephant. Verne uses the mechanical house as a plot device to have the reader travel in nineteenth century India. The descriptions are interspersed with historical information and social commentary. The book takes place in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against British rule, with the passions and traumas aroused still very much alive among Indians and British alike. An alternate title by which the book was known - "The End of Nana Sahib" - refers to the appearance in the book of the historical figure (Rebel leader Nana Sahib) who disappeared after the crushing of the rebellion, his ultimate fate unknown. Verne offers a fictional explanation to his disappearance. The first part was The Steam House was titled The Demon of Cawnpore the second part Tigers and Traitors.
The Deamon of Cawnpore Light foxing to page ends, crease at map corer, rubbing to spine ends and points. The Tigers and Traitors small unobtrusive bookseller's label to front gutter paste down else better than very good brite set. (Inventory #: L0201b)