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A change in temperature allows the balloon to take off. Again Verne uses the laws of physics to provide for his heroes' salvation.

The balloon, entirely inflated by the rarefaction of the temperature, takes flight, touching the branches as it passes.
The balloon, entirely inflated by the rarefaction of the temperature, takes flight, touching the branches as it passes.
A change in temperature allows the balloon to take off. Again Verne uses the laws of physics to provide for his heroes' salvation.

Again in this "mirage " illustration, the engraver's name, "Riou" is missing.

It is only the effect of a mirage, says the Doctor, that and nothing else.
It is only the effect of a mirage, says the Doctor, that and nothing else.
Again in this "mirage " illustration, the engraver's name, "Riou" is missing.

Pirate publishers in the U.S. had to create their own illustrations. The engraver's art was highly developed, and the French engravings were quickly...

The animal attempts in vain to cut himself loose.
The animal attempts in vain to cut himself loose.
Pirate publishers in the U.S. had to create their own illustrations. The engraver's art was highly developed, and the French engravings were quickly copied. Note the absence of the engraver's name, Riou, on this illustration compared with the French edition. The French editions used plates made from woodcuts, this illustration may actually be be a steel engraving.

The cataracts of Guinea. Verne intermingles the fanciful with reality — the travellers end their trip at a well known location.

Le cataractes de Gouina
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Le cataractes de Gouina
The cataracts of Guinea. Verne intermingles the fanciful with reality — the travellers end their trip at a well known location.

Joe heaving overboard the tent of the gondola. Everything must go overboard when the gondola nears the ground.

Joe détachant la tente de la nacelle.
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Joe détachant la tente de la nacelle.
Joe heaving overboard the tent of the gondola. Everything must go overboard when the gondola nears the ground.

The lost balloon. Here Verne uses the possibility of a temperature inversion to create the mirage of a second balloon.

Le ballon inattendu
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Le ballon inattendu
The lost balloon. Here Verne uses the possibility of a temperature inversion to create the mirage of a second balloon.

Illustration from the first page of "Five Weeks in a Balloon", showing the reader may expect volcanoes, lightning, and an exciting trip.

Frontispiece
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Frontispiece
Illustration from the first page of "Five Weeks in a Balloon", showing the reader may expect volcanoes, lightning, and an exciting trip.

Tom Turner is introduced. Another example of a major character being depicted before his introduction in the text, in this case not until Chapter VII...

Tom Turner.
Tom Turner.
Tom Turner is introduced. Another example of a major character being depicted before his introduction in the text, in this case not until Chapter VII of the book.

An unsurpassable repast. Verne anticipates the sumptuous accomodation provided for early aerial passengers. His heroes always manage to eat well on...

Un repas n'engage à rien.
Un repas n'engage à rien.
An unsurpassable repast. Verne anticipates the sumptuous accomodation provided for early aerial passengers. His heroes always manage to eat well on their travels.

One speaks sof a vessel with 37 propellers. From the deck of the Albatross travellers study the 37 propellors.

On dirait au navire à trente-sept mâts.
On dirait au navire à trente-sept mâts.
One speaks sof a vessel with 37 propellers. From the deck of the Albatross travellers study the 37 propellors.

Verne's flying machine, the <em>Albatross</em>, uses 37 helicopter-like propellers for lift. Verne apparently was not familiar with the new study of...

<em>L'Albatross</em>.
<em>L'Albatross</em>.
Verne's flying machine, the <em>Albatross</em>, uses 37 helicopter-like propellers for lift. Verne apparently was not familiar with the new study of aerodynamics, and may have died witihout knowing of the Wright brothers' flight in 1903.

The Albatross rejoins the Go Ahead. Verne uses balloons to resupply the Albatross, his flying machine.

<em>L'Albatrosse</em> rejoignit le <em>Go Ahead</em>
<em>L'Albatrosse</em> rejoignit le <em>Go Ahead</em>
The Albatross rejoins the Go Ahead. Verne uses balloons to resupply the Albatross, his flying machine.

The third ascent was terminated by a grand fall. Here the picture illustrates an exciting moment in the story.

La troisieme ascension termineé par une chute effroyable.
La troisieme ascension termineé par une chute effroyable.
The third ascent was terminated by a grand fall. Here the picture illustrates an exciting moment in the story.

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