Intrepid Voyagers

Professor Pierre Arronax

The year is 1867; rumours abound in the shipping world that a giant sea-monster is on the loose, destroying vessels without warning! Professor Pierre Arronax of the Museum of Paris begins an investigation that will lead him into the depths of the ocean, discovering marvels beyond his wildest imagination in the submarine Nautilus.

Book cover and illustration: “Paysage sous-marin de L’Ile Crespo,” p.124.
Jules Verne.
Vingt Mille Lieues sous Les Mers. [Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea].
Illus. De Neuville et Riou. Engraved by Hildibrand.
Paris : J. Hetzel, n.d.

Buck Rogers

Anthony (later “Buck”) Rogers first appeared in Philip Nowlan’s short stories in Amazing Stories, “Armageddon 2419 A.D.,” in 1928, and “The Airlords of Han,” in 1929 - the same year the valiant space explorer made his debut in newspaper comics. An instant success, Buck Rogers made his mark as the embodiment of the explorer of the new frontiers opening up in space, starring in popular movies, radio and television shows.

Like the heroes of classic tales of adventure and exploration, Buck works with dedicated scientists (Dr. Elias Huer and Wilma Deering) and admirable colleagues. In this spin-off story, his friends Buddy (brother of Wilma Deering) and Allura (Buddy’s girlfriend) are being attacked by a giant reptile. Their spider ship has legs and can walk on planets and fly through space.

Book cover and illustration: "Attacked by the Giant Reptile."
Dick Calkins and Phil Nowlan.
Buck Rogers, 25th Century: featuring Buddy and Allura in "Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship."
Chicago: Pleasure Books, c1935.

The gift of Jane Dobell.

Dr. Branestawm

The amazingly clever Dr. Branestawm dazzles his friend, Colonel Dedshott, with combined flying and time-travel, a burglar-catching machine, and other inventions. Still, he simply cannot remember where he puts his spectacles!

Frontispiece illustration: “On and On They Whirled.”
Norman Hunter
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
illustrated by W. Heath Robinson.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1933.

The gift of Jane Dobell.

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Source: Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library.