The world is facing an unprecedented menace: a sea creature whose monstrous bulk and speed threatens even the sturdiest of ships. Invited to join the hunt for this elusive predator, French naturalist Pierre Aronnax discovers the far more astonishing truth. Under the seas lurks a giant submarine, governed by the mysterious Captain Nemo, one of fiction’s most famous anti-heroes. Held captive on the Nautilus with his manservant Conseil and a bellicose harpooner named Ned Land, Aronnax soon learns that his days as a land-dweller may be over, while his aquatic adventures have only just begun …
A revised translation from the French by William Butcher
Bound in cloth
Set in Bulmer
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
Book size: 9½" x 6¼"
Under the seas lurks a monster...
‘You will move into a new element, you
will see what no one has ever seen … and
our planet, thanks to me, will deliver up
its last secrets’
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas is a superbly original work of literature,
both imaginative and prescient. Jules
Verne was concerned with the outermost
peripheries of scientific possibility, but
his fiction was anchored in developments
that would soon come to pass, such as
electric lighting and mass tourism.
As Margaret Drabble aptly writes, he is
‘the saint of travel agents and the master
of the travelogue’.
'One of the books I have read and re-read
with unfailing pleasure and interest' Margaret Drabble, INDEPENDENT
Verne grew up near the coast, in Nantes,
and his ardour for the sea is reflected
in his vivid descriptions: ‘scarlet rosetangles’
in underwater forests; ‘brilliant
waves’ of light emitted by ‘pelagic
infusoria and military noctilucents’.
William Butcher revised his excellent
translation for this edition. It presents
Verne’s thrilling story in all its linguistic
brilliance, while Jillian Tamaki’s illustrations
depict with skill ‘that extraordinary,
supernatural, implausible expedition’.
Jules Verne (1828 - 1905)
Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828 to a Breton mother of Scottish
ancestry and a successful lawyer. His early years were marked by
Catholic boarding-schools, boating adventures and an infatuation with
his cousin. In 1848 he moved to Paris, qualifying as a barrister, writing
plays, art criticism and Nordic travel accounts, and sailing on the Channel.
Five Weeks in a Balloon was published in 1863, followed by The
Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1864–5), Journey to the Centre of the
Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand
Leagues under the Seas (1869–70), Around the World in Eighty Days (1872), The Mysterious Island (1874–5), plus scores of other travel and
adventure books. He died in 1905.