‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ (1873) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne. It tells the story of a rich business man, Phileas Fogg and his French valet, Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days to win a wager of £20,000 set by his friends at the Reform Club in London. It was deemed possible because of the opening of a new railway section in India. It marked the start of the age of global tourism and European global dominance and the shaping of European attitudes to the colonised lands.
Note: the journey by balloon was not actually used by Verne but appeared in the 1956 film adaptation.
DIMENSIONS - 21.5 x 31cm framed