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Voyage au centre de la terre. English

Jules Verne

  Produced by Norman M. Wolcott.

  A Journey into the Interior of the Earth

  by Jules Verne

  [Redactor's Note: The following version of Jules Verne's "Journeyinto the Interior of the Earth" was published by Ward, Lock, &Co.,Ltd., London, in 1877. This version is believed to be the mostfaithful rendition into English of this classic currently in thepublic domain. The few notes of the translator are located near thepoint where they are referenced. The Runic characters in Chapter IIIare visible in the HTML version of the text. The character set isISO-8891-1, mainly the Windows character set. The translation is byFrederick Amadeus Malleson.

  While the translation is fairly literal, and Malleson (a clergyman)has taken pains with the scientific portions of the work and addedthe chapter headings, he has made some unfortunate emendations mainlyconcerning biblical references, and has added a few 'improvements' ofhis own, which are detailed below:

  III. "_pertubata seu inordinata,_" as Euclid has it."

  XXX. cry, "Thalatta! thalatta!" the sea! the sea! The deeply indentedshore was lined with a breadth of fine shining sand, softly

  XXXII. hippopotamus. {as if the creator, pressed for time in thefirst hours of the world, had assembled several animals into one.}The colossal mastodon

  XXXII. I return to the scriptural periods or ages of the world,conventionally called 'days,' long before the appearance of man whenthe unfinished world was as yet unfitted for his support. {I returnto the biblical epochs of the creation, well in advance of the birthof man, when the incomplete earth was not yet sufficient for him.}

  XXXVIII. (footnote), and which is illustrated in the negrocountenance and in the lowest savages.

  XXXIX. of the geologic period. {antediluvian}

  (These corrections have kindly been pointed out by Christian Sanchez of the Jules Verne Forum.)]






  Jules Verne



  THE "Voyages Extraordinaires" of M. Jules Verne deserve to be madewidely known in English-speaking countries by means of carefullyprepared translations. Witty and ingenious adaptations of theresearches and discoveries of modern science to the popular taste,which demands that these should be presented to ordinary readers inthe lighter form of cleverly mingled truth and fiction, these bookswill assuredly be read with profit and delight, especially by Englishyouth. Certainly no writer before M. Jules Verne has been so happy inweaving together in judicious combination severe scientific truthwith a charming exercise of playful imagination.

  Iceland, the starting point of the marvellous underground journeyimagined in this volume, is invested at the present time with apainful interest in consequence of the disastrous eruptions lastEaster Day, which covered with lava and ashes the poor and scantyvegetation upon which four thousand persons were partly dependent forthe means of subsistence. For a long time to come the natives of thatinteresting island, who cleave to their desert home with all that_amor patriae_ which is so much more easily understood thanexplained, will look, and look not in vain, for the help of those onwhom fall the smiles of a kindlier sun in regions not torn byearthquakes nor blasted and ravaged by volcanic fires. Will thereaders of this little book, who, are gifted with the means ofindulging in the luxury of extended beneficence, remember thedistress of their brethren in the far north, whom distance has notbarred from the claim of being counted our "neighbours"? And whatevertheir humane feelings may prompt them to bestow will be gladly addedto the Mansion-House Iceland Relief Fund.

  In his desire to ascertain how far the picture of Iceland, drawn inthe work of Jules Verne is a correct one, the translator hopes in thecourse of a mail or two to receive a communication from a leading manof science in the island, which may furnish matter for additionalinformation in a future edition.

  The scientific portion of the French original is not without a fewerrors, which the translator, with the kind assistance of Mr. Cameronof H. M. Geological Survey, has ventured to point out and correct. Itis scarcely to be expected in a work in which the element ofamusement is intended to enter more largely than that of scientificinstruction, that any great degree of accuracy should be arrived at.Yet the translator hopes that what trifling deviations from the textor corrections in foot notes he is responsible for, will have done alittle towards the increased usefulness of the work.

  F. A. M.

  The Vicarage,