doesnt love a good Jules Verne adventure? And this classic
is perhaps his most popular and beloved. With the memorable
Captain Ahab and the Nautilus, readers have always enjoyed
this story of high adventure under the ocean depths!
single page item is a reproduction of the first page of Jules
Vernes classic novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
It makes for a terrific piece to frame and decorate a study
or office for any Jules Verne fan!
page is standard 8.5" x 11" in size and has been
hand antiqued via our own unique paper aging process to achieve
a look you wont find anywhere else.
actual page contains the following text (though please note
that the formatting and font will be different as viewed on
this page see photo for exact formatting and look!):
Under the Sea
Chapter 1 The Runaway Reef
YEAR 1866 was marked by a bizarre development, an unexplained
and downright inexplicable phenomenon that surely no one has
forgotten. Without getting into those rumors that upset civilians
in the seaports and deranged the public mind even far inland,
it must be said that professional seamen were especially alarmed.
Traders, shipowners, captains of vessels, skippers, and master
mariners from Europe and America, naval officers from every
country, and at their heels the various national governments
on these two continents, were all extremely disturbed by the
essence, over a period of time several ships had encountered
an enormous thing at sea, a long spindle-shaped
object, sometimes giving off a phosphorescent glow, infinitely
bigger and faster than any whale.
relevant data on this apparition, as recorded in various logbooks,
agreed pretty closely as to the structure of the object or
creature in question, its unprecedented speed of movement,
its startling locomotive power, and the unique vitality with
which it seemed to be gifted. If it was a cetacean, it exceeded
in bulk any whale previously classified by science. No naturalist,
neither Cuvier nor Lacépède, neither Professor
Dumeril nor Professor de Quatrefages, would have accepted
the existence of such a monster sight unseen specifically,
unseen by their own scientific eyes.
an average of observations taken at different timesrejecting
those timid estimates that gave the object a length of 200
feet, and ignoring those exaggerated views that saw it
antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold
in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although
its difficult to catch with a camera, you can see in
the image below how the shimmering is caught in the light)
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