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Voyages Extraordinaires

Extraordinary Voyages

Jules Verne novels are commonly said to belong to the Voyages Extraordinaires (Extraordinary Voyages), with a subtitle of Les Mondes Connus et Inconnus (The Worlds Known and Unknown)

The term was first coined for Jules Verne's 3rd novel, Voyages et Adventures du Capitaine Hatteras
(Voyages and Adventures of Captian Hatteras).

There was a prologue published with Voyages et Adventures du Capitaine Hatteras written by Jules Verne's editor, Jules Hetzel, that says the "Purpose" of series is: "...to outline all the geographical, geological, physical, and astronomical knowledge amassed by modern science and to recount, in an entertaining and picturesque format ... the history of the universe."

Read the FULL prologue below:

Original French Prologue. / English translation of Prologue (Art Evans) / English translation of Prologue (William Butcher)

You will find that there are a few numbers given as to how many novels are considered to be part of the Voyages Extraordinaires.

Here is an explaination:

  • 54 Voyages Extraordinaires novels were published before the death of Jules Verne in March 1905. (The number 54 is prominent in V.E. discussions, becuase that is the number of books published BEFORE Verne's death)
  • 6 short stories that were published and bound in the same volume as 6 of the above titles. These are short stories and are not considered novels.
  • 8 Voyages Extraordinaires novels were published posthumously between 1905 and 1919. The problem with these novels is that they were either greatly altered or completely written by Michel Verne, Verne's son!
  • 2 collections of short stories are also considered part of the Voyages Extraordinaires.

The good news about the 8 posthumous works, that were greatly alterered by Michel Verne, is that 6 of them have been republished using the original manuscropts of Jules Verne.


Voyages Extraordinaires

by original publication date (i.e. Magasin d’Éducation et de Récréation in many cases)
V.E.
#
Code
# of|Vol
French
English
1
CS
1
Cinq semaines en ballon (1863)
Five Weeks in a Balloon
2
AH
2
Les Aventures du capitaine Hatteras (1864-1866)
The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
3
VC
1
Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
4
TL
1
De la Terre à la Lune (1865)
From the Earth to the Moon
5
EG
3
Les Enfants du capitaine Grant (1867-1868)
In Search of the Castaways
6
VL
2
Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1869-1870)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
7
AL
1
Autour de la Lune (1870)
Around the Moon
8
VF
FB
1
Une ville flottante (1871)
- Les Forceurs de blocus (1871)
A Floating City
- with Blockade Runners
9
AT
1
Aventures de trois Russes et de trois Anglais dans l'Afrique australe (1872)
The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
10
PF
2
Le Pays des fourrures (1873)
The Fur Country
11
TM
1
Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1873)
Around the World in Eighty Days
12
IM
3
L'Île mystérieuse (1875)
The Mysterious Island
13
CR
MP
1
Le Chancellor (1875)
- with Martin Paz (1875)
The Survivors of the Chancellor
- with Martin Paz
14
MI
2
Michel Strogoff (1876)
Michael Strogoff
15
HS
2
Hector Servadac (1877)
Hector Servadac; or the Career of a Comet
16
IO
1
Les Indes noires (1877)
The Child of the Cavern
17
CQ
2
Un capitaine de quinze ans (1878)
Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen
18
CI
RY
1
Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum (1879)
- with Les Révoltés de la Bounty (1879)
The Begum's Fortune
- with Mutineers of the Bounty
19
TC
1
Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1879)
Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
20
MV
2
La Maison à vapeur (1880)
The Steam House
21
JA
2
La Jangada (1881)
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
22
EQ
1
L'École des Robinsons (1882)
Godfrey Morgan
23
RV
DC
1
Le Rayon vert (1882)
- with Dix heures en chasse (1882)
The Green Ray
- with 10 Hour Chase
24
KT
2
Kéraban-le-têtu (1883)
Kéraban the Inflexible
25
EO
1
L'Étoile du sud (1884)
The Southern Star
26
AF
1
L'Archipel en feu (1884)
The Archipelago on Fire
27
MS
3
Mathias Sandorf (1885)
Mathias Sandorf
28
RC
1
Robur le Conquérant (1886)
Robur the Conqueror
29
BL
FF
1
Un billet de loterie (1886)
- with Frritt-Flacc (1886)
The Lottery Ticket
- with Fritt-Flacc
30
NS
2
Nord contre Sud (1887)
North Against South
31
CF
GB
1
Le Chemin de France (1887)
- with Gil Braltar (1887)
The Flight to France
- with Gil Braltar
32
DV
2
Deux ans de vacances (1888)
Two Years' Vacation
33
FS
2
Famille-Sans-Nom (1889)
Family Without a Name
34
SD
1
Sans dessus dessous (1889)
The Purchase of the North Pole
35
CL
2
César Cascabel (1890)
César Cascabel
36
MB
2
Mistress Branican (1891)
Mistress Branican
37
CC
1
Le Château des Carpathes (1892)
Carpathian Castle
38
CB
1
Claudius Bombarnac (1892)
Claudius Bombarnac
39
PB
2
P'tit Bonhomme (1893)
Foundling Mick
40
MA
2
Mirifiques aventures de maître Antifer (1894)
Captain Antifer
41
IH
2
L'Île à hélice (1895)
Propeller Island
42
FD
1
Face au drapeau (1896)
Facing the Flag
43
CD
1
Clovis Dardentor (1896)
Clovis Dardentor
44
SG
2
Le Sphinx des glaces (1897)
An Antarctic Mystery
45
SO
2
Le Superbe Orénoque (1898)
The Mighty Orinoco
46
TE
2
Le Testament d'un excentrique (1899)
The Will of an Eccentric
47
SP
2
Seconde patrie (1900)
The Castaways of the Flag
48
VA
2
Le Village aérien (1901)
The Village in the Treetops
49
HJ
1
Les Histoires de Jean-Marie Cabidoulin (1901)
The Sea Serpent
50
FK
2
Les Frères Kip (1902)
The Kip Brothers
51
BV
2
Bourses de voyage (1903)
Traveling Scholarships
52
DL
1
Un drame en Livonie (1904)
A Drama in Livonia
53
MM
1
Maître du monde (1904)
Master of the World
54
IR
1
L'Invasion de la mer (1905)
Invasion of the Sea

Voyages Extraordinaires published Posthumously and altered by Michel Verne
55
PM
PW
Le Phare du bout du monde (1905) - Michel Verne
Le Phare du bout du monde (1999) - Jules Verne
Lighthouse at the End of the World
56
VO
VP
Le Volcan d'or (1906) - Michel Verne
Le Volcan d'or (1989) - Jules Verne
The Golden Volcano
57
AG
L'Agence Thompson and Co. (1907) - Michel Verne
The Thompson Travel Agency
58
CM
MQ
La Chasse au météore (1908) - Michel Verne
La Chasse au météore (1986) - Jules Verne
The Chase of the Golden Meteor
59
PD
BD
Le Pilote du Danube (1908) - Michel Verne
Le Beau Danube Jaune (19xx) - Jules Verne
The Danube Pilot
60
NJ
(EM?)
Les Naufragés du "Jonathan" (1909) - Michel Verne
En Magellanie (1987) - Jules Verne
The Survivors of the "Jonathan"
61
WS
WI
Le Secret de Wilhelm Storitz (1910) - Michel Verne
Le Secret de Wilhelm Storitz (1985) - Jules Verne
The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz
62
BC
L'Étonnante Aventure de la mission Barsac (1919) - completely written by Michel Verne from the below fragment
Voyage d'etudes - Jules Verne
The Barsac Mission
Fact Finding Mission (2012)

Published Short Story collections considered part of Voyages Extraordinaires
63

DO
MZ
DA
HG
QA

Le Docteur Ox (1874)

contains the short stories:

  • Une fantaisie du Docteur Ox
  • Maître Zacharius
  • Un drame dans les airs
  • Un hivernage dans les glaces
  • Quarantième ascension au mont Blanc
Doctor Ox

contains the short stories

  • Fantasy of Doctor Ox
  • Master Zacharius
  • A Drama in the Air
  • Winter Amid the Ice
  • Fortieth ascent of Mont Blanc
64

FP
MK
DJ
HU

EL

Hier et demain (1910)

contains the short stories:

  • La famille Raton
  • M. Ré-Dièze et Mlle Mi-Bémol
  • La Destinée de Jean Morénas
  • Le Humbug. Moeurs américaines
  • Au XXIXe siècle. La journée d’un journaliste américain en 2889
  • L’Éternel Adam - Michel Verne
Yesterday and Today

contains the short stories:

  • Rat Family
  • Mr Ray and Miss Sharp
  • The Humbug
  • In the 29th Century. Journal of an american journalist in 2889
  • Eternal Adam

Voyages Extraordinaires grouped by Category from book subject

Interestingly, the Hetzel publisher, began to group the already published titles, into 11 categories for their posters and book lists.

I asked the Jules Verne Forum where this idea came from and was given this answer by Volker Deys:

"This listing appears for the first time in a letter sent by Verne to Hetzel in 1888, August 21 (Correspo
ndance Verne-Hetzel,
second series, vol. 1, Geneva: Slatkine, 2004, pp. 88-90), certainly made on demand of his publisher. Hetzel exploited this listing for his advertisements in différent manners, completing it "au fur et mesure" (as needed), sometimes in the cover plate of the illustrated edition (paper version - see below).
Further investigations have to made on this question..... Volker"

Collection Andrew Nash

Here are the groupings circa 1910-1914 as displayed on the Hetzel edition above:

LES VOYAGES EXTRAORDINAIRES

LES MONDES CONNUS ET INCONNUS (11 Categories)
Le Cycle des Robinsons
L'Europe
  • L'École des Robinsons (1882)
  • Seconde patrie (1900)
  • Deux ans de vacances (1888)
  • Les Naufragés du "Jonathan" (1909)
  • Le Château des Carpathes (1892)
  • Les Indes noires (1877) [Ecosse]
  • Le Rayon vert (1882) [Ecosse]
  • L'Archipel en feu (1884) [Grece]
  • P'tit Bonhomme (1893) [Irlande]
  • Un billet de loterie (1886) [Europe]
  • Le Chemin de France (1887)
  • Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864) [Allemande/Islande]
  • Un drame en Livonie (1904) [Europe]
  • Le Pilote du Danube (1908)
  • Le Secret de Wilhelm Storitz (1910) [Europe]
L'Afrique Les Terres Polaires
  • Cinq semaines en ballon (1863)
  • Aventures de trois Russes et de trois Anglais dans l'Afrique australe (1872)
  • L'Étoile du sud (1884)
  • Un capitaine de quinze ans (1878)
  • Le Village aérien (1901)
  • Clovis Dardentor (1896)
  • L'Invasion de la mer (1905)
  • L'Agence Thompson and Co. (1907)
  • L'Étonnante Aventure de la mission Barsac (1919) - Michel Verne Ed: Added by me
  • Les Aventures du capitaine Hatteras (1864-1866)
  • Le Pays des fourrures (1873)
  • Le Sphinx des glaces (1897)
Les Tours de Monde Les Deux Ameriques
  • Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1873)
  • Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1869-1870)
  • Les Enfants du capitaine Grant (1867-1868)
  • Mirifiques aventures de maître Antifer (1894)
  • Robur le Conquérant (1886)
  • César Cascabel (1890) - [Etats-Unis/Asie]
  • Famille-Sans-Nom (1889) - [Quebec]
  • Nord contre Sud (1887) - [Etats-Unis]
  • Le Testament d'un excentrique (1899) - [Etats-Unis]
  • Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum (1879) - [Etats-Unis]
  • La Jangada (1881) - [Bresil/Perou]
  • Le Superbe Orénoque (1898) - [Venezuela]
  • Bourses de voyage (1903) - [Ameriques/Antilles]
  • Maître du monde (1904) - [Etats-Unis]
  • Face au drapeau (1896) - [Etats-Unis]
  • Le Volcan d'or (1906) - Michel Verne
L'Asie Les Mers et les Oceans
  • Claudius Bombarnac (1892)
  • Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1879) - Chine
  • La Maison à vapeur (1880)
  • Michel Strogoff (1876)
  • Une ville flottante (1871)
  • Le Chancellor (1875)
  • L'Île mystérieuse (1875)
  • Mathias Sandorf (1885)
  • Les Histoires de Jean-Marie Cabidoulin (1901)
  • Kéraban-le-têtu (1883)
  • Le Phare du bout du monde (1905) - Michel Verne
Les Espaces Celestes L'Oceanie et L'Australie
  • Hector Servadac (1877)
  • De la Terre à la Lune (1865)
  • Autour de la Lune (1870)
  • Sans dessus dessous (1889)
  • La Chasse au météore (1908) - Michel Verne
  • L'Île à hélice (1895)
  • Mistress Branican (1891)
  • Les Frères Kip (1902)
Contes et Nouvelles
  • Le Docteur Ox (1874) [Europe/Flandres]
  • Hier et demain (1910) [Etats-Unis et divers]


 
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