Humorous imaginary voyage novel (mostly the African interior) in imitation of Verne's voyages extraordinaires, the illustrations in the caricaturist tradition of Daumier....
|Title||:||the startling exploits of dr j b quies|
|Number of Pages||:||328 Pages|
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the startling exploits of dr j b quies Reviews
I am currently (spring 2012) selling a first-edition copy of this book through my arts center's rare-book service [cclapcenter.com/rarebooks], so I thought I'd post my description of it here for online researchers who are seeking more information about the title:There seems to exist almost no information online about Victorian author Paul Celiere, although the database at Google Books at least confirms that he was real and that he put out numerous titles in his native France, this being one of the only ones ever translated into English (1886 for the British version, a year later for this American edition). A sort of "anti-Jules Verne" tale, it tells the humorous story of an obese, grouchy scientist whose greatest hope is to simply be left alone to live his sedentary, quiet provincial life; but through random accidents he ends up on a series of dangerous globetrotting adventures instead, including a big-game safari, being kidnapped by African natives, hurricanes, shipwrecks, a chaotic chase on the back of an ostrich, and the hot-air balloon ride depicted so wonderfully on the front cover. Translated by Cashel Honey and John Lillie, it features 120 delightful etch-style illustrations by Frederic Theodore Lix, the bigger reason to own this than the only so-so actual story. Also includes a fascinating eight-page "Interesting Books for Boys" advertising supplement in the back, showing off the latest titles by what was already the 70-year-old Harper publishing company; the unending list of exotic, forgotten adventure tales ("The Cruise of the Canoe Club!" "Ten Weeks with a Circus!") is almost worth the price of purchase alone.