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Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant - 1867
      Voyage autour du Monde:
      L'Amèrique du Sud (Pt 1)
      L'Australie (Pt 2)
      L'Ocèan pacifique (Pt 3)
The Children of Captain Grant - 1873

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Jules Verne
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Myers
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EG
V005
M34
A13

Alternate English Titles: 

    Children of Captain Grant (The)
    In Search of the Castaways

    Voyage Round the World: South America (Part 1 of 3 var. A)
    Voyage Round the World: Australia (Part 2 of 3 var. A)
    Voyage Round the World: New Zealand (Part 3 of 3 var. A)

    Round the World, South America (Part 1 of 3 var. B)
    Round the World, Australia (Part 2 of 3 var. B)
    Round the World, New Zealand (Part 3 of 3 var. B)

    Mysterious Document (Part 1 of 3 var. C)
    On the Track (Part 2 of 3 var. C)

    Among the Cannibals (Pt 3 of 3 var. C)


Plot Synopsis: 
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)
The contents of a shark's stomach contain a bottle that holds notes written in three different languages. Much of the notes are indecipherable; however, together they may reveal the location of the whereabouts of Captain Harry Grant, whose ship the Britannia was lost over two years ago. While the latitude of Grant is known from the note, the longitude is a mystery. Clues from the notes point to the South American coast as the probable location of the shipwreck. Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Harry Grant's children (Mary and Robert) and the crew of his yacht the Duncan they set off for South America. An unexpected passenger in the form of French geographer Jacques Paganel joins the search.

The search takes them where the 37th degree of south latitude crosses the South American continent. Crossing the continent from west to east, they travel through Chile and Argentina (Patagonia), with no luck, when Paganel realizes that part of the clue must actually mean Australia. So they go to where the 37th degree begins crossing Australia, there by chance they meet a man who claims his name is Thomas Ayrton, former quartermaster of the Britannia. Ayrton takes them across the Australian continent, with plans of his own to seize control of the Duncan. Ayrton's treachery makes the party believe that he has gained control of the Duncan. Dejected that their search of Australia did not turn up Captain Grant, the adventurers travel to New Zealand via a ship that barely seems sea-worthy. The vessel wrecks along the New Zealand coast. The party's attempt to get to Auckland gets them captured by the Maoris, a tribe of cannibals at war with the English and disinterested in keeping the prisoners alive.


Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Editon:
  

**Note: This is one of the Verne's books that Sampson Low ... never publisher !! **
The First UK Edition trails the US Edition by 3 years!!!

Part 1:
A Voyage Round the World, South America
1876
George Routledge and Sons
London and New York

Part 2:
A Voyage Round the World, Australia
1877
George Routledge and Sons
London and New York

Shown to the left

Part 3:
A Voyage Round the World, New Zealand
1877
George Routledge and Sons
London and New York

First US
Edition:
 

In Search of the Castaways
1873
J. B. Lippincott and Co.
Philadelphia

Terra cotta, Green, Blue cloth
Gilt and plain edges noted
4 pages of adverts at rear of the book

Other Editions: 
1873
In Search of the Castawyas
1873
J B Lippincott
Philadelphia
1874
In Search of the Castaways
1874
J. B. Lippincott and Co.
Philadelphia

Among the Cannibals
nd (circa 1875)
Ward Lock
London

The Youths Library of Wonder and Adventure

A Voyage Round the World, New Zealand
nd (circa 1880)
George Routledge & Sons
London
nd (1885)

S
Voyage Round the World
nd (1885)
George Routledge & Sons
London

All 3 volumes in 1

S = Image courtesy of Sumner and Stillman

Verne's Voyage Round the World: New Zealand
nd
George Routledge and Sons
London
nd (inscribed 1895)
In Search of the Castaways

nd (inscribed 1895)
J B Lippincott & Co
Philadelphia

nd
Voyage Round the World: New Zealand
nd
George Routledge and Sons

London

Every Boys Library

nd (circa 1900)


Among the Cannibals
nd (circa 1900) (copies inscribed 1905 + 1907)
Ward Lock and Co
London 
The Mysterious Document
nd (circa 1910)
Richard Butterworth
London
On the Track
nd (?)
Richard Butterworth and Co
London
The Mysterious Document
nd (?)
Charles Butterworth
London
Among the Cannibals
nd
Ward Lock & Co
London

Jules Verne Series (Sea Serpent)

French Editions:
UnCatalogued:

 

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