Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas

Jules Verne

Introduced by Margaret Drabble
Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

A revised translation of Jules Verne's extraordinary feat of the imagination, brought to life in a stunning new illustrated edition.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas

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 …

Production Details

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas book
  • A revised translation from the French by William Butcher
  • Bound in cloth
  • Set in Bulmer
  • 384 pages
  • Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
  • Printed endpapers
  • 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.

Inside the book

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Read the opening scenes where we first learn of the menace beneath the seas.


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Review by traduceribogdanmarin on 18th Jan 2018

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

Review by jonstan on 2nd Jun 2016

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 3/5

"Mixed feelings here - stunning edition (the binding and illustrations are great) - but I was so disappointed to come back to writing after all these years! Verne has stretched a very thin narrative ou..." [read more]

Review by anon on 29th Jul 2015

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Fantastic binding, great text readability! Pictures are vibrant and colorful. The only small hitch is that the slipcase is very tight, but to be honest, too tight is way better than too loose and no p..." [read more]

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