Yacht: Saint Michel

The below image of the yacht Saint Michel, was created and signed by Jules Verne This image was used on the cover of some of the editions of Jules Verne's books published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston.

 The following is an excerpt from the introduction published in the 1873 edition of The Tour of the World in 80 Days by James R. Osgood and Company,

" The autographic sketch which forms our frontispiece represents the Saint Michael, a little decked bark belonging to the author of "The Tour of the World in Eighty Days."
The sketch, which Verne executed in the twinkling of an eye, on our own desk, without suspecting that it would receive the honors of publicity, is accompanied by the inscription, "Bourset Malais," which two words indicate the type of craft of which the Saint Michael is an example. It is on this frail skiff that Jules Verne goes upon long voyages, and has already explored the English coast and ascended as fas as Scotland.
Verne recently took a trip in her to Jersey, in the English Channel, accompanied by his factotum, Antonie Delon, a veritable sea-wolf, who loves danger because he has always overcome it. ....."

Yacht St Michel
More information is available at the site of Gilles Carpentier: http://verne.jules.free.fr/80mots/mot.php3?mot=Yacht

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