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L'Invasion de la mer - 1905

Invasion of the Sea - 1905 / 2001

[Voyages Extraordinaires #54 - 1 Volume - L'Afrique]

(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Alternate English Titles:
Invasion of the Sea
Captain Hardizan

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari -

Captain Hardigan and other members of the French forces in Tunisia accompany an engineer named de Schaller on a survey of the abandoned plans and works of Captain Roudaire. M. de Schaller plans to resurrect Roudaire's plan to create a sea in the midst of a lower portion of the Sahara Desert. All goes well on the survey trip, until the party is attacked and captured by members of the Tuareg tribe, whose leader Hadjar had recently escaped the custody of the French. The party manages to make their escape from the Tuareg only to find themselves almost captured again, until an act of nature cuts them off from the Tuareg.

NOTE: Was published in English for the first in Dec of 2001.

Timeframe of novel: Events take place in the 20th Century

Book Collecting Information:
Hetzel Editions:

This listing contains ALL Jules Verne Encyclopedia bibliographic entries for this book.

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"This Novel has never appeared in English, although in 1992, Verne collector Dana Eales of Ohio sponsored a translation, which has not yet been published."
First UK
First US Edition:

This entry was published after the Jules Verne Encyclopedia was published.

Invasion of the Sea 
2001 (December)

Wesleyan University Press
Middletown, Connecticut

First English edition of a classic Verne novel.

Early Classics of Science Fiction series

Contents of this volume:
284 pages
44 illustrations

  • Introduction (by Arthur B. Evans)
  • Invasion of the Sea (translated by Edward Baxter)
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography

ISBN-10: 0819564656
ISBN-13: 978-0819564658 (Hardcover Buy from Amazon)
ISBN-10: 081956558X
ISBN-13: 978-0819565587 (Paperback Buy from Amazon)

Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 8.78 x 5.84
Significant Editions   This entry is NOT in the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

Captain Hardizan (1905)
The American Weekly
(the Sunday Supplement to the Boston American Newspaper)
August 6, 1905 and Aug 13, 1905

-This important find was made by Victor A. Berch (Librarian emeritus (former Special Collections Librarian) of Brandeis University and literary detective) in the summer of 1999. Up until this discovery this work was considered to have never been translated into English!
It is important to note that the text is not an accurate translation, and the translator took liberties with the story (ala Hollywood romance!)
None-the-less, it is an important find that has taken 94 years to uncover...

Note: The Boston American is a newspaper founded by William Randolph Hearst.

The American Weekly was a Sunday supplement started around 1900, and also appeared with the New York Journal. (see Express of the Future)

The supplement "...often had sensational scientific or pseudo-scientific articles about interplanetary speculations and other provocative subjects"

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