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Les Cinq cents millions de la Bégum - 1879

The 500 Millions of the Begum - 1879

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(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
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Myers
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Galagher
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CI
V019
M5
A45

Alternate English Titles:

    The Begum's Fortune
    The 500 Millions of the Begum

Plot Synopsis (courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml
Dr. François Sarrasin, a Frenchman, and a German named Professor Schultz are the sole heirs to a fortune of 525 million francs left by their mutual relative, a deceased Begum of India. With his half of the fortune, Dr. Sarrasin builds an ideal community called Frankville in the northwestern section of the United States. Professor Schultz uses his half of the money to construct his own city called Steeltown, where the main output of the city is weapons of destruction. Schultz's real intent with Steeltown is to see to the destruction of Frankville.

Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Editon:
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The Begum's Fortune
1880
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Co
London

Pictorial Green cloth
Published November 1879
translated by W G H Kingston

32 pp ads dated January 1881

First UK
Serial:
The Begum's Fortune
as published in:
The Leisure Hour
1879 (July to November)
R K Burt
London

serial published in 17 parts
starting July 19 and concluding November 8

First US
Edition
Serial:
 (image not available) 500 Millions of the Begum
1879
New York Fireside Companion
George Munro
New York

New York Fireside Companion #s 619 - 632
Published September 1879 to December 1879 in a weekly format

Note: Munro copyrighted the "Seaside Library" edition September 1879, and it was published by October 23, 1879

image to be shown soon The following parallels Munros release!

The Begum's Fortune
1879
Fireside Monthly
Leslie and Co.
New York

Fireside Monthly Vol III #6, to Volume IV #3 (?)
Published September 1879 to December 1879 in a monthly format

Note: this appears to be published parallel to the George Munro edition although in a monthly format, while the Munro is a weekly format

Information brought to my attention by
Joe (PULP9860@aol.com)

First US
Edition
Wrappers
:
 

500 Millions of the Begum
1879
Seaside Library
George Munro
New York

in Wraps(?)
Seaside Library quarto edition, number 634
Published: October 23, 1879
triple column format

First US
Edition
Hard Cover
:
Begum's Fortune
1879
J B Lippincott and Co
Philadelphia

Published Nov 15, 1879

Other Editions:
1883 The Begum's Fortune
1883
Sampson Low, Martson, Searle & Rivington
London

1887
The Begum's Fortune
1887
Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington
London

"New Edition"

nd (circa 191x)
The Begum's Fortune
The famous and thrilling story which foretold the advent of the long range gun
191x
The Fleetway House
London

in wrappers
The Boys' Friend Library
"wartime price 4d"
ad for Sampson Low copyrighted edition

nd (circa 1920) The Begum's Fortune
nd (circa 1920)
The Fleetway House
London

in wrappers
The Boys' Friend Library, No. 439

Note: this edition same as above, except this says "No. 439" where the earlier edition says "wartime price 4d"

circa 1919
The Lottery Ticket
and The Begum's Fortune
circa 1919
Sampson Low
London
The Begum's Fortune
Bernard Hanison
The Begum's Fortune
Arco
Associated Booksellers
The Begum's Fortune
Ace

 

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