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Frritt-Flacc - 1884
Frritt-Flacc - 1884

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Project Jules Verne Illustrations by Bernhard Krauth, www.jules-verne-club.de

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This short story was also published as part of a collection of short stories in Yesterday and Tomorrow.

Alternate English Titles:

    Fritt Flacc
    Frritt-Flacc

    Dr Trifulgas, A Fantastic Tale
    Doctor Trifulgas
    The Midnight Visit
    The Midnight Visit of Dr Trifulgas
    The Storm
    Fweeee--Splash!


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

Doctor Trifulgas does not realize he is risking his own life when he hesitates to come to the aid of a man with a stroke.

NOTE: This story was included after Un Billet de Loterie.

Important articles about Frritt Flacc have appeared in the newsletter for the North American Jules Verne Society
Extraordinary Voyages
June 2006 - Volume 12 Issue 4 - "History of Frritt-Flacc" by Jean-Michel Margot (Patricia French and Anna Jean Mayhew)
Winter 2016 - Volume 22 Issue 2 - "Swish-Splat: A Translator's Tale" by Frederick Paul Walter and "Swish-Splat: A New Translation of Jules Verne's Frritt-Flacc" by Frederick Paul Walter


Book Collecting Information:
First French Appearance

Frritt-Flacc
1884/1885 (Dec. 1884)
le Figaro Illustré, supplement
Paris

illustrated by Willettte
7 chapters across 2 pages (pp 6 + 7)

French - Hetzel: Un Billet de loterie suivi de Frritt-Flacc
1886
Jules Hetzel
Paris

RE: BELOW ***You read it here first / Jan 2005***

First English Editon:

Frritt-Flacc
1884/1885 (Dec. 1884)
le Figaro Illustré, supplement
Paris

(yes, French publication, but contents in English! - though all ads in French)

illustrated by Willettte
7 chapters across 2 pages (pp 6 + 7)

The Text begins:

"Frritt-Flacc
by Jules Verne
-------------------
    Frritt!... whistles the rising gale.
    Flacc!... beats the rain as it comes down in torrents.
    Low sway the trees under the blast that sweeps the Volsinian shore and dashes its fury against the slopes of the mountains of Crimma ..."

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First US Edition:
Newspaper
Doctor Trifulgas
Jan 27, 1885
The Topeka Daily Capital,
Topeka, Kansas

pp 7

Note: The Text is the same as the English version of "le Figaro" except it omits the "sound" expressions (Frritt, Flacc etc.)

At least 1 paper states: "Translated from the Christmas number of the Paris Figaro"

The text begins:

"Doctor Trifulgas
------------------
(Jules Verne in Figaro)
    The rising gale whistles. The rain comes
down in torrents. Low sway the trees under
the blast that sweeps the Volsinian shore,
and dashes its fury against the slopes of the
mountains of Crimma. The rock-bound
coast is rent and riven by the tempestuous
billows that surge and foam along the vast
Megalocrida sea."

Also published in:

  • Randolph Enterprise, Randolph, Kansas
    – Jan 30, 1885, page 7
    as: The Midnight Visit. Jules Verne's Latest Fantasy.
  • The Globe Republic, Sunday Morning,
    – February 1, 1885, Page 7
  • Springfield Daily Republic, Springfield, Ohio – Feb 1, 1885, page 7
  • Little Falls Transcript, Little Falls, Minn
    - Feb 6, 1885
    as: Jules Verne's Latest Fantasy. The Midnight Visit of Dr. Trifulgas.
    and adds: Translated from the Christmas number of the Paris Figaro
  • Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa
    – Feb 18, 1885, Page 4
  • The Hazleton Sentinel, Hazleton, Pa
    – Aug 5, 1885, Page 4

Discovered by Andrew Nash, Oct 2018

First UK Editon:
Newspaper

The Midnight Visit of Dr Trifulgas
March 2, 1885
The Irish Fireside (Price One Penny)
Dublin, Ireland

The story title implies, that it is the "le Figaro" English translation.

as indicated by an ad in:
The Freeman’s Journal,
Thursday, February 26, 1885
Dublin, Ireland

See Ad

Discovered by Andrew Nash Oct 2018

First UK Editon:
according to Jules Verne Encyclopedia
Dr. Trifulgas
July 1892
Strand Magazine
London

pp 53-57
5 illustrations

The following footnote appears at the bottom of page 52:
*Published by special permission of Messrs. J. Hetzel et Cie. All Righs reserved.

The text begins:

"Dr. Trifulgas, A Fantastic Tale
Swish! It is the wind, let loose.
    Swash! It is the rain, falling in torrents.
    This shrieking squall bends down the trees of the Volsinian coast, and hurries on, flinging itself against the sides of the mountains of Crimma. Along the whole length of the littoral are high rocks, gnawed by the billows of the vast Sea of Megalocrida."

Collection Andrew Nash

First US Edition:
(According to Jules Verne Encyclopedia)

Frritt-Flacc
1947
Futuria House
42 West 43rd Street
New York 19, NY

Collection Andrew Nash

Other Editions:

Early Newspaper Edition

Unique translation

This would be the 2nd US publication of Dr. Trifulgas / Frritt-Flacc, even being BEFORE UK’s The Strand (1892)

Doctor Trifulgas
Mar 30, 1887
The San Francisco Examiner,
San Francisco, California

page 8

The text begins:

"Doctor Trifulgas.
The Story of a Physician Whose Cruelty Was Fatal to Himself.
Doctor, Heal Thyself. A Strange Tale of Jules Verne’s Concerning the Supernatural
(European Correspondent)
1.
    “Whiff!” whistled the rising gale.
“Swash!” beats the rain as it comes down  in torrents.
    Low away the trees under the blast that sweeps the Volsinian shore and dashes its fury against the slopes of the mountains of Crimms. The rock-bound coast is rent and riven by the tempestuous billows that surge and foam along the vast Megalocrida sea."

Most of below listings have the title:

Doctor Trifulgas. The Fate of One Whose Door Closed Against the Poor.

Also published in:

  • Randolph Enterprise, Randolph, Kansas
    – Jan 30, 1885, page 7
  • The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana – Apr 8, 1887, Page 7
  • St Joseph Herald, Saint Joseph, Michigan – Apr 23, 1887, Page 4
  • The Attica Daily Advocate, Attica, Kansas – Apr 27, 1887, Page 2
  • The Holton Signal, Holton, Kansas – Apr 27, 1887, Page 6
  • The Coronado Star, Coronado, Kansas – Apr 28, 1887, Page 7
  • The Sylvia Telephone, Sylvia, Kansas – Apr 28, 1887, Page 4
  • The Arcadia Reporter, Arcadia Kansas – Apr 28, 1887, Page 8
  • Hope Dispatch, Hope, Kansas – Apr 29, 1887, Page 4
  • Pleasanton Observer-Enterprise, Pleasanton, Kansas – Apr 30, 1887, Page 4
  • The Atwood Patriot, Atwood, Kansas, Wednesday May 4, 1887, Page 2
  • Sioux Valley News, Correctionville, Iowa, 19 May 1887, Page 3
  • The Clay Democrat, Clay Center, Kansas – Jul 21, 1887, Page 3

Discovered by Andrew Nash, Oct 2018

Early Newspaper Edition

Unique translation

This would be the 3rd US printing of Dr Trifulgas

Dr Trifulgas's Double
Aug 12, 1893
Asbury Park Press
|Asbury Park, New Jersey

The text begins:

"DR. TRIFULGAS’S DOUBLE
----------------------------------
    Whoo-oo-oo! Roared the wind. Mi-i-ish!
the rain was pouring in torrents. The fury
of the gale bowed the trees on the Volsinian
coast and beat upon the cliffs of the Moun-
tains of Crimma. The lofty rocks along
the shore were gnawed by the waves of the
vast sea of Niegalocride."

Also published in:

  • The Scranton Republican, Scranton, Pennsylvania – Oct 13, 1893, page 19 as Dr. Trifulgas
  • The Time Herald, Port Huron, Michigan – Sept 23, 1893 – page 2 as Dr Trifulgas
  • Fayette County Leader, Fayette, Iowa – Dec 14, 1893 – page 3 as Dr. Trifulgas’ Double, A Queer Story from the pen of Jules Verne. (3 illustrations)
  • Weir Journal, Weir, Kansas – Dec 15, 1893, Page 3
    as Dr. Trifulgas’ Double, A Queer Story from the pen of Jules Verne. (3 illustrations)
  • The Washington Times, Washington, District of Columbia – May 18, 1894, Page 3 as Dr. Trifulgas’ Double
  • The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kansas – Aug 23, 1893, Page 6
  • The Wichita Daily Eagle, Wichita, Kansas – Dec 15, 1893, Page 6 as Dr. Trifulgas’ Double, A Queer Story from the pen of Jules Verne. (3 illustrations)

Discovered by Andrew Nash Oct 2018

  The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus
1957, July
Saturn, Sci Fi Magazine
US

translated by Willis T. Bradley

Frritt-Flacc

appears in:

Yesterday and Tomorrow
1965
ARCO Publications
London

Hardcover with Dustjacket

Fitzroy Edition

Collection of short stories, including:

  • Introduction
  • Eternal Adam (actually written by Michel Verne)
  • The Fate of Jean Morenas
  • An Ideal City
  • Ten Hours Hunting
  • Frritt-Flacc
  • Gil Braltar
  • In the Twentieth Century:
    The Day of an American Journalist in 2889
  • Mr. Ray Sharp and Miss Me Flat

Collection Andrew Nash

Frritt-Flacc

appears in:

Yesterday and Tomorrow
1965
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn

Hardcover with Dustjacket

Fitzroy Edition

Collection of short stories, including:

  • Introduction
  • Eternal Adam (actually written by Michel Verne)
  • The Fate of Jean Morenas
  • An Ideal City
  • Ten Hours Hunting
  • Frritt-Flacc
  • Gil Braltar
  • In the Twentieth Century:
    The Day of an American Journalist in 2889
  • Mr. Ray Sharp and Miss Me Flat

Collection Andrew Nash

Frritt-Flacc

appears in:

Yesterday and Tomorrow
1970
Ace
New York

Paperback

Fitzroy Edition

appears in:

Collection of short stories, including:

  • Introduction
  • Eternal Adam (actually written by Michel Verne)
  • The Fate of Jean Morenas
  • An Ideal City
  • Ten Hours Hunting
  • Frritt-Flacc
  • Gil Braltar
  • In the Twentieth Century:
    The Day of an American Journalist in 2889
  • Mr. Ray Sharp and Miss Me Flat

Collection Andrew Nash

The Storm

appears in:

Black Water: The Anthology of Fantqstic Literature
1983
Lester and Orpen Dennys Limited
Toronto, Canada

edited by Alberto Manguel
pp 280-286

Collection Andrew Nash

Swish-Splat
Winter 2016
Extraordinary Voyages
USA

Winter 2016 - Volume 22 Issue 2 -
A New Translation of Jules Verne's Frritt-Flacc by Frederick Paul Walter

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