Jacques Arago (1790-1855), eccentric but gifted explorer, and artist on the Freycinet expedition, set himself a very peculiar task. Signing himself “J.cques.r.go”) he set himself the downright weird mission of describing his trip throughout the world without using one very helpful vowel; the title of the work gave his conceit some trouble "Voyage autour du Monde sans la Lettre A.", but for the rest of the text he is good to his word. Thus delightful oddity (view here) is "very difficult to find" (Borba de Moraes), and *bsent from most bibliothèques!
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