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L'Agence Thompson and Co. - 1907

The Thompson Agency and Co. - 1965

French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
AG
V059
M51
A95
Alternate English Titles:
    Thompson Agency and Co. (The) 
    End of the Journey (Part 2 of 2)
    Package Holiday (Part 1 of 2)

Plot Synopsis:
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml
Robert Morgand, a Frenchman, finds himself without employment and very little money in London, England. He sees a poster for a tour that will visit the "Three Archipelagos;" that is the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands. The part that catches his eye is the need for an interpreter. As he can speak French, English, Spanish and Portuguese he feels qualified for the job, which he easily obtains.

In the days that follow Morgand sees a poster for a competing tour that is going to accomplish the same goals, only for less money. The two tours keep dropping prices until Morgand's tour company has to give up the fight. This leaves Morgand with no choice but to see if the winning company also required the services of an interpreter.

It turns out that Thompson's agency does require an interpreter and he again finds himself with employment. The group of people that have signed on for the tour are an eclectic bunch; between their quirks, the thriftiness of tour director Thompson and the almost un-seaworthiness of the ship Seamew, Robert Morgand has his work cut out for him.

Fortunately for him another Frenchman, Roger de Sorgues is part of the tour and in the company of two attractive American ladies, who unfortunately have also brought along their disagreeable brother-in-law. The charms of these American ladies, one in particular (a rich widow) keep Morgand interested in doing his job. While he desires the rich widow, his current station as a tour guide/interpreter keep him out of the running for her hand; but how long can you keep down a guide/interpreter who is really much more than he seems?

NOTE: There is no manuscript by Jules Verne for this novel. This book was totally written by Jules' son Michel Verne. 
Book Collecting Information:
First English Editon:   Michel Verne altered

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1965, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition in two volumes entitled Package Holiday (Part I), 190 pages, and End of the Journey (Part II), 191 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO) each."

Part 1:
Package Holiday

1965
ARCO Publications
London

190 Pages

Part 2:
End of the Journey

1965
ARCO Publications
London

191 Pages
Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

First US Edition:   Michel Verne altered

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1965, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition in two volumes entitled Package Holiday (Part I), 190 pages, and End of the Journey (Part II), 191 pages, priced at $3 in America (Associated Booksellers) and 15s in Great Britain (ARCO) each."
(same entry as above)

Part 1:
Package Holiday

(1965)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

190 Pages

Collection Andrew Nash

Part 2
End of the Journey

(1965)
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

191 Pages
Fitzroy Edition
Dustjacket

Collection Andrew Nash

Other Editions:
Michel Verne altered

Package Holiday
1978
Grenada
London

Is this the same as the entry below?

Michel Verne altered

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1978, Hart-Davis published a new edition of Package Holiday, priced at 3.95."

Package Holiday
1978
Hart-Davis

Package Holiday
1978
HarperCollins Distribution Service
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