Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea - Antiqued First Page

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Who doesn’t 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!

This single page item is a reproduction of the first page of Jules Verne’s 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!

The 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 won’t find anywhere else.

The 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!):

Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea

By Jules Verne

Chapter 1 – The Runaway Reef

THE 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 business.

In 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.

The 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.

Striking an average of observations taken at different times–rejecting those timid estimates that gave the object a length of 200 feet, and ignoring those exaggerated views that saw it


Our antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although it’s 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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