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In 1870, the eccentric American transportation entrepreneur George Francis Train took a trip around the world in eighty travel days (with a two-month stopover in Paris), so when Jules Verne published his bestselling Around the World in Eighty Days in 1873, Train was quick to claim, "Verne stole my thunder. I'm Phileas Fogg." Ever the competitor--and self-publicist--Train undertook a total of three trips around the world, each time attempting to beat the record. His final trip clocked in at sixty days.

Bonhams Presents the Untold Story of the 20th Century

New York—Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, will be taking a closer look at the recent past in its upcoming Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, The Story of the 20th Century, to be held on June 4 in New York. The auction examines the last century from several angles, including history & politics, art & literature and science & technology, closing with a private collection of materials related to the history of computing.