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Étoile du sud (L'). Le Pays des diamants - 1884 

Star of the South (The) - 1885

French
(J-M Margot)
Jules Verne
Encyclopedia
Myers
Bibliography
Galagher
Bibliography
EO
V027
Mxxx
Axxx

Alternate English Titles:
    The Southern Star
    The Southern Star, or The Diamond Land
    Southern Star Mystery
    Star of the South
    The Vanished Diamond
    The Vanished Diamond, A Tale of South Africa

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

Victor Cyprien, a French engineer currently living in the "Diamond Fields" of Griqualand, South Africa desires to marry the beautiful daughter of Mr. Watkins, a man who holds claims to the land that are the "Diamond Fields." Watkins has other plans for his daughter, which includes her staying in South Africa and marrying one of the wealthier diamond miners. To put himself in a better position to win the hand of Alice, Victor buys a share and begins working his own claim. However, Alice convinces him to return to chemistry and pursue his theory that he can synthesize a diamond. The experiment appears to work as a 243 carat diamond is created and named "The Star of the South," which he gives to Alice. When the diamond is stolen, Cyprien and three other potential suitors for the hand of Alice, travel across South Africa in pursuit of the suspected culprit.


Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Editon
 book  The Vanished Diamond, A Tale of South Africa
1885
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Published: October 1885

First US
Edition
 book The Southern Star, or The Diamond Land
(1885)
George Munro

Munro's Seaside Library
No. 1967
and
Seaside Library pocket edition
No 368
Published: March 1885

Other Editions:
1888

The Vanished Diamond
1888
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London 

Pears Soap Edition

1891

The Vanished Diamond
1891
Sampson Low
London 

New and Cheaper Edition

1896
The Vanished Diamond
1896
Sampson Low
London 

New and Cheaper Edition

1902
The Sourthern Star
(1902)
Geo Munro``s Sons
New York

Seaside Library No 368

This book is dated by the adverts inside, where and ad for Mrs Winslows
shows a date of 1902

nd (circa 1920)
The Vanished Diamond
nd (circa 1920)
Sampson Low
London

 

 

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