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Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (Les) - 1879

Tribulations of a Chinaman in China (The) - 1879

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Alternate English Titles:

    Adventures of a Chinaman
    Tribulation of a Chinaman
    Tribulations of a Chinaman
    Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
    Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman

Plot Synopsis: (courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml 
Kin-Fo, a well to do Chinese man living in Shang-Hai, is accused by his good friend Wang of not having had any discomforts in his life that would make him appreciate true happiness. When Kin-Fo, receives news that his fortune is lost, he arranges for an insurance policy to be taken out on his life that would cover his death, even by suicide; which he is planning on committing. When Kin-Fo can't bring himself to end his own life, he contracts Wang to do it, by even giving him a letter that will exonerate him of the deed. Then Wang disappears and then Kin-Fo feels much discomfort, especially when he is informed that his fortunes are not lost. He travels around China, hoping to avoid being murdered before the contract expires. His discomfort increases when a note from Wang arrives saying that he regrets not being able to fulfill the contract, so he has turned it over to his old friend Lao-Shen, a notorious character.


Book Collecting Information:
First UK
Editon:
  The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
1880
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
London

Published November 1880,
but with Publisher's catalogue dated April 1880

Pictorial Grey-Blue cloth

First US
Edition
(First Edition
in English)
 

The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
1880
Lee & Shepard / Charles T. Dillingham
Boston / New York

Published October 1879
Translated by Virginia Champlin

Brown and Green and Yellow cloth

First US
Illustrated
Edition:

The Tribulations of a Chinaman
1881
E. P. Dutton
New York

Published in October 1880
Translated by Ellen E. Frewer
Illustrated by L. Benett

Other Editions:
(1880) Tribulations of a Chinaman
George Munro
New York

Seaside Library, No. 647
Published November 1879

1882
The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
1882
Lee & Shepard / Charles T. Dillingham
Boston / New York

50 Illustrations
Translated by Virginia Champlin

1889
The Adventures of a Chinaman
1889
Lee and Shepard
Boston

50 illustrations
Translated by Virginia Champlin
Lee+Shepards "White Black & Gold Series" (although nomention of this in the book)

nd


The Tribulations of a Chinaman
nd
Sampson Low
London

New and Cheaper Edition
Red and Blue covers shown

nd
The Tribulations of a Chinaman
nd
Sampson Low
London
The Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman
x
Arco / Associated Booksellers
London / Westport Connecticut
 
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