“It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live": First Edition in English of Dumas The Count of Monte-Cristo
The Count of Monte-Cristo.
Dumas, Alexandre [Alexander].$16,500.00
Item Number: 81092
London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.
First edition in English of the author’s masterpiece, published just one year after the original French edition and before the American first. Octavo, 2 volumes. Bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box.
The Count of Monte Cristo, in particular, is "perhaps the outstanding work of fiction to reveal the futility of human vengeance, even when it attains its utmost completeness. Maurice Baring calls it the most popular book in the world" (Frank Wild Reed). "One of the best thrillers ever written" (Reid, 134).