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L' idée fixe du Savant Cosinus (1899)
Christophe -- Georges Colomb

This humorous and profusely illustrated French book is considered to be an early example of what we might today call a "comic book".

Contributed by Michel Las Vergnas

Cosinus is a mathematician who desperately wants to travel around the world. Unfortunately, many unexpected mishaps will prevent him to even go out of Paris. But his luggage will, alone, make a round-the-world trip. The humour of Christophe is still effective more than one hundred years later.

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