“IT'S NECESSARY TO HAVE WISHED FOR DEATH IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW GOOD IT IS TO LIVE": Exceptionally Rare First Belgian Edition of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte-Cristo
Bruxelles: Societe Belge de Librairie, 1845-1846.
One of the earliest known editions of The Count of Monte Cristo released simultaneously with the true first edition published in Paris by Pétion in 18 volumes with the first two issued in 1844 and the remaining sixteen in 1845. This Belgian pirated edition features a misspelling of the title with “Christo” which was corrected in the L’Écho des Feuilletons illustrated edition, Paris 1846 with plates by Gavarni. Eight volumes. Small octavos bound in full period green calf over pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, raised bands, all edges hand colored green, ribbons bound into each volume. In very good condition with some wear to the extremities. OCLC locates only one other copy of this work. Exceptionally rare.
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