On these pages you will find scans of all the maps that were included in the original editions of Jules Verne’s novels. These maps play an important part in the novels, providing a sense of reality in Verne’s fiction. For an interesting discussion on this topic, see Terry Harpold: Verne’s Cartographies.
Apart from the original maps as published in the Hetzel editions, I have also received a number of maps in exactly the same style, but in another language, or with some minor differences.
I would like to thank Jean-Pierre Boutin, Alain Braut, Stephan Bühlmann, Andreas Fehrmann, Bruno Fonvieille, Terry Harpold, Daniel Keller, Bernhard Meinl, Eric-Jan Noomen, Lejf Rasmussen, Jan Rychlík, Rein Saariste and Ralf Tauchmann for their contributions.
A note on longitudes
Note that France only adopted the Greenwich meridian as the prime meridian in 1911, and that the majority of the maps included in the Voyages extraordinaires used the meridian of Paris. Only four maps are based on the Greenwich meridian: Voyages et Aventures du Capitaine Hatterras, Cinq semaines en ballon, Aventures de 3 Russes et de 3 Anglais and Le Rayon vert. Curiously, the map for Seconde Patrie uses the Ferro meridian, which was in use in the British navy at the time in which the novel is set.
In addition, I discovered that the map from Nord contre Sud poses a particular problem: at the top it says “32° à l’O. de Paris”, which is obviously wrong. It could have been an error in copying the map, misreading 82 for 32. But this doesn’t quite match. For example, the 31st meridian on Verne’s map passes right through Lumber City, located in reality at 82° 41′ west of Greenwich, or 85° 01′ west of Paris. Who is responsible for this mistake? Verne, Hetzel, the printer or somebody else?
Another particularity can be found in the New Zealand map from Les Frères Kip. On this map, the city of Dunedin lies practically on the 172nd meridian. In reality, it’s at 170° 30′ east of Greenwich, or 168° 10′ east of Paris. It looks like they copied a British map, and made the conversion by adding 2° 20′ instead of subtracting them.
(Thanks to Titus van Hille for an interesting discussion on this topic).