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Jules VERNE L'étoile du sud. Le pays des diamants


L'étoile du sud. Le pays des diamants

Hetzel, Paris 1884, 242pp., relié.

Illustrated first edition. 63 engravings and a map after Benett. CH catalog in fine.
Cartonnage of the publisher said "To the initials" of fir green color signed Magnier tail. second board in the rosace cold. Beautiful first plate with particularly brilliant golds. Coins rubbed, and the 2 of the contreplat slightly folded. Back to the faded golds. Headdresses rubbed. Traces of friction on the joints. Blue stamp showing a label on the subtitle. Label Lescude bookstore, Pau on the contreplat.
Paper on the whole very fresh, with some foxing on the title page and on the first catalog sheet.
L'Étoile du Sud is an adventure novel by Paschal Grousset, sold to the publisher Hetzel, then reworked and signed by Jules Verne. The action takes place at Griqualand in South Africa where the mining engineer Cyprien Méré is conducting organic chemistry studies on diamond deposits. This one manages to create a synthetic diamond, the black star, that many will seek to appropriate.

450 €

Réf : 65583



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