The Cloud King, or Up in the Air and Down in the Sea: Being a History of the Wonderful Adventures of Victor Volans.
They call me Victor Volans; it is not my name, but was bestowed on me by those who have known something of my tastes and pursuits, of my aeronautic experiences and adventures. Victor Volans !—it may be freely translated as the Victorious Flyer, and paraphrased in the words Cloud King.
And I am a victor, and a king. I have conquered the subtle ether and made it bear me aloft. I have made myself a king—not only over the clouds, but of men.
Reader, go on with my narrative, and acknowledge that I am worthy of the title—Victor Volans, or the Cloud King !