"All human wisdom is contained in these two words--"Wait and Hope": First Edition in English of Dumas The Count of Monte-Cristo; In the Rare Original Cloth
The Count of Monte-Cristo.
Dumas, Alexandre [Alexander].$45,000.00
Item Number: 75010
London: 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, original publisher’s terracotta cloth, decoratively blind-embossed, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities and toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original cloth are exceptionally rare.
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).