Le Superbe Orénoque - 1898

The Mighty Orinoco - 2003

72 illustrations (Georges Roux)

[Voyages Extraordinaires #45 - 2 Volumes - Les Deux Ameriques]

(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
  SO V047 Mxx A82

Alternate English Titles:

     The Mighty Orinoco

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)

Three geographers, M. Miguel, M. Felipe and M. Varinas argue amongst themselves about the location of the headwaters of Venezuela’s mighty Orinoco River. They decide to make a journey up river to settle their disagreement. At the same time, Sergeant Martial and his nephew Jean are also making this same journey, although their journey is for a different purpose. They are seeking out Jean’s father, who they hope may still be found living somewhere far upriver. The two parties meet and travel together and are soon joined by another party, Jacques Helloch and his friend Germaine Paterne. The parties on their travels upriver overcome many obstacles, but the result one adventure finds Jacques with a strange attraction to Jean. More than the source of the Orinoco will be discovered before this trip is over.

NOTE: Was published in English for the first in 2002.

Book Collecting Information:
Hetzel Editions:

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

First UK
Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Unfortunately, Sampson Low, Marston Company abruptly broke with a twenty-five-year tradition by failing to publish this novel, which remains unavailable in translation for English language readers."
First US

Published after the publication date of the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Mighty Orinoco
2003 (May)
Wesleyan University Press


The Mighty Orinoco
2002 (November)
University Press of New England


Early Classics of Science Fiction series

First English edition of a classic Verne adventure, with a unique feminist twist.

Contents of this volume:
448 pages
73 illustrations

  • Introduction (by Walter James Miller)
  • The Mighty Orinoco (translated by Stanford L. Luce)
  • Notes (by Walter James Miller)
  • Bibliography (compiled by Arthur B. Evans) (Ed. Note: ***Excellent)
  • Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
  • About the Contributors

Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8195-6511-3
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8195-6780-9 

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-8195-7457-2

NOTE: The Internet booksellers list November 2002
as the publication date, but it was not in anyone's hands until January!

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Published after the publication date of the Jules Verne Encyclopedia

The Mighty Orinoco
Wesleyan University Press
Middletown, Connecticut

Uncorrected Proof

translated by Stanford L. Luce
edited by Arthur B. Evans
introduction & notes by Walter James Miller

The book contents include:

  • Introduction (Walter James Miller)
  • The Mighty Orinoco (Trans. Stanford L Luce)
  • Notes
  • Bibliography (Arthur B Evans)
  • Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography (Arthur B Evans)
  • About the Contributors (not present)

The rear cover of the uncorrected proof reads:

The Mighty Orinoco
Jules Verne
FIRST English edition of this classic Verne
adventure, with a unique feminist twist!

Jules Verne (1828-1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre that became known as science fiction. Written in 1898 and part of the author's famous series Voyages Extraordinaires, The Mighty Orinoco tells the story of a young man's search for his father along the then-uncharted Orinoco River of Venezuela. The text contains all the ingredients of a classic Verne scientific-adventure tale: exploration and discovery, humor and drama, dastardly villains and intrepid heroes, and a host of near-fatal encounters with crocodiles, jungle fever, Indians and outlaws - all set in a wonderfully exotic locale. The Mighty Orinoco also includes a unique twist that will appeal to ofeminists - readers will need to discover it for themselves. This Wesleyen edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction be renowned Verne scholar Walter James Miller, as well as re[productions of the illustrations from the original French edition.
Editor Arthur B. Evans is Professor of French at DePauw University and Managing Editor of the scholarly journal Science Fiction Studies. He is series editor for Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series. Translator Stanford Luce is Professor Emeritus of French at Miami University of Ohio. Walter James Miller (introduction and notes) is Professor of English at The School of Professional and Continuing Studies at New York University.
"Jules Verne was the Michael Crichton of the 19th century, a fabulist whose ability to link technology with the imagination to create riveting pop-culture products was uncanny."
--The New York Times
To be published by Wesleyan University Press, February 2003
440 pp. 73 b/w illus. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"

Cloth ISBN 0-8195-6511-3. $29.95

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