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L'Epave du Cynthia - 1885

Salvage from the Cynthia - 1964

Image used with permission from
Project Jules Verne Illustrations by Bernhard Krauth,

(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Mostly written by Andre Laurie
Alternate English Titles:
    Salvage from the Cynthia
    Waif of the Cynthia

Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari -
In Noroë, Norway an exceptionally bright student is sought out by Dr. Schwaryencrona. The doctor goes to the student’s home and requests that his parent’s let him take their son to Norway to give him a proper education that make better use of his intellect. The parents tell the doctor of this history of this boy that came to live in their family. The father found the boy as a baby in a cradle attached to a buoy adrift at sea and the name on the buoy was Cynthia. The parents agree to let their boy Erik accompany the doctor to Stockholm for a better education, but also on the promise that the doctor will make every effort to find the boy’s true parents. Erik receives a fine education but the doctor’s efforts to discover his past prove unfruitful until the name Patrick O’Donoghan is discovered, he is the only sailor who survived the wreck of the Cynthia. A man named Tudor Brown keeps getting in the way of the doctor and Erik uncovering Erik’s birthright as they travel on board the Alaska bound for a destination where the expect to meet the Vega the last known ship to have Patrick O’Donoghan as part of the crew.

NOTE: This story was co-written with André Laurie (pseudonym of Paschal Grousset). 

Book Collecting Information:
Significant Editions
First English Editon:

Salvage from the Cynthia or The Boy on the Buoy
ARCO Publications

Jules Verne and Andre Laurie

192 Pages

0 illustrations

First published 1964 by Arco Publications
Copyright Arco Publications 1964

Opposite the Title page a list of 39 titles in the Fitzroy Edition (with Salvage being the last!)

Back of Dustjacket a list of 38 Jules Verne titles
each 12s 6d net

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket unclipped 12s 6d net

Base of Dustjacket spine - ARCO (bold)

My copy from Henry Sharton Collection
with Toastmasters Business card with a page reference

Collection Andrew Nash

First US Edition:

The Waif of the "Cynthia"
George Munro Publisher
17 to 27 Vandewater St.New York

The Seaside Library Pocket Edition

No. 659 Double Number, 20 cents

The book begins:

"Chapter I, Mr. Malarius' Friend
There is probably neither in Europe nor anywhere else a scholar whose face is more universally known than that of Dr. Schwaryencrona, of Stockholm. His portrait appears on the millions of bottles with green seals, which are sent to the confines of the globe."

In the book, is a list of Jules Verne Works:

  • No. 87 Dick Sands
  • No 100 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
  • No 368 The Southern Star; of, The Diamond Land
  • No 395 The Archipelago on Fire
  • No 578 Mathias Sandorf. Part I (Illustrated)
  • No. 578 Mathias Sandorf. Part II (Illustrated)
  • No 578 Mathias Sandorf. Part III (Illustrated)
  • No 659 The Waif of the "Cynthia"

It even includes a Pears Ad!

Other Editions:
Salvage from the Cynthia
nd - copyright 1964
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

192 Pages

0 illustrations

Opposite the Title page a list of 39 titles in The Fitzroy Edition (ending with Salvage from the Cynthia)

First published by Associataed Booksellers 1964
Copyright 1964 in England by Arco Publications

Back of dustjacket an ad for The Fitzroy Edition
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket clipped

Collection Andrew Nash


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