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BOUSSENARD, Louis [Henri].
A collection of 21 titles all published by La Librairie Illustrée, Paris, undated, 8vo., all with half-title, frontispiece and a few plates except for two titles, as noted below :

Le Tour du Monde d'un Gamin de Paris [no plates] - L'Ile en Feu [no plates] - Aventures d'un Gamin de Paris au Pays des Bison - ........ au Pays des Lions - ........ au Pays des Tigres - ........ a Travers l'Oceanie - Le Secret de l'Or - Le Tigre Blanc - Aventures d'un Heritier a Travers le Monde - Sans-Le-Sou - De Paris a Brasil par Terre - Les Mysteres de la Foret Vierge - Aventures de Trois Francais au Pays des Diamants - Les Mysteres de la Guyanne - Aventures de Mademoiselle Friquette - Les Pirates de Champ d'Or - Le Tresor des Rois Cafres - Le Sultan de Borneo - 2000 Lieues a Travers l'Amerique du Sud - Aux Fiords de Norvege & aux Forets de Suedes - Des Secrets de M.Synthese.

In uniform contemporary quarter blue calf, marbled boards and end-papers, occasional little scuff but in excellent condition, they appear to be bound from parts and have been little read since binding.

*LOUIS HENRI BOUSSENARD [4 October 1847, Escrennes, Loiret – 11 September 1910, Orléans] was a French author of adventure novels, dubbed "the French Rider Haggard" during his lifetime, but better known today in Eastern Europe than in Francophone countries. As a measure of his popularity, 40 volumes of his collected works were published in Imperial Russia in 1911. A physician by profession, Boussenard travelled throughout the French colonies, especially in Africa. He was drafted during the Franco-Prussian War but soon capitulated to the Prussian soldiers, a bitter experience that could explain a nationalist flavour present in many of his novels. Some of his books demonstrate a certain prejudice against Britain and America, a fact which likely contributed to his obscurity and lack of translations in the English-speaking world. The author's picaresque humour flourished in his earliest books, À travers Australie: Les dix millions de l'Opossum rouge (1879),[1] Le tour du monde d'un gamin de Paris (1880), Les Robinsons de la Guyane (1882), Aventures périlleuses de trois Français au pays des diamants (1884, set in a mysterious cavern underneath the Victoria Falls), The Crusoes of Guyana; or, The White Tiger (1885), and Les étrangleurs du Bengale (1901). Boussenard's best-known book Le Capitaine Casse-Cou (1901) was set at the time of the Boer War. L'île en feu (1898) fictionalized Cuba's struggle for independence. Aspiring to emulate Jules Verne, Boussenard also turned out several science fiction novels, notably Les secrets de monsieur Synthèse (1888) [OFFERED ABOVE] and Dix mille ans dans un bloc de glace (1890), both translated by Brian Stableford in 2013 under the title Monsieur Synthesis ISBN 978-1-61227-161-3. [WIKIPEDIA].

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