Finely Bound Set of The Works of Victor Hugo
The Works of Victor Hugo Includes Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Item Number: 7315
New York: The Nottingham Society.
Edition de luxe. Octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in three quarters red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt lined to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Includes a twelve page introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson. In very good to near fine condition.
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New York : Carleton, Publisher, 1862.
First American edition and first edition in English of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. Complete in five large octavo volumes. Fantine (171 pages plus four-page publisher’s advertisement), Cosette (164 pages plus four-page publisher’s advertisement), Marius (150 pages plus two-page publisher’s advertisement), Saint Denis (184 pages), and Jean Valjean (165 pages plus two-page publisher’s advertisement). Publisher’s matching cloth with gilt spine titles. In near condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. Uncommon in this condition.
Bruxelles : Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, 1862.
Scarce first printing of this classic work of literature, published in Brussels on the 30th or 31st March 1862. The question of priority had been intensely debated in bibliographic circles for years. The findings of Michaux and Lacretelle definitively established primacy of this edition over the one distributed four or five days later in Paris by Pagnerre. The initial confusion stemmed from two sources: first was the prominent appearance of Pagnerre’s name–and none other–in the French edition as a “Libraire-editeur,” when in fact he was a distributing agent only; second was general acceptance of Vicaire’s claim that Hugo corrected only from the proofs for the French edition. Michaux postulated that Hugo used the Belgian editions of his works as models for the Parisian printings. To ensure publication in France, Hugo was forced to amputate certain phrases from Les Misérables that would have offended the French censor. Lacretelle later confirmed Michaux’s hypothesis. Large octavos, cotemporary calf, gilt decorated compartments to the spine, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the bookplates of Witley Court. Witley Court in Worcestershire, England is an Italianate mansion that was built for the Foleys in the seventeenth century on the site of a former manor house, it was enormously expanded in the early nineteenth century by the architect John Nash. Subsequently sold to the Earls of Dudley, a second massive reconstruction by the architect Samuel Daukes took place in the mid nineteenth century, creating one of the great pleasure palaces of Victorian and Edwardian England and contained a large library. Volume IV is the First Paris Edition. The “Septième” Edition” on the title page was spurious and meant to help boost sales. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
London: H.S. Nichols, 1895.
Limited edition, number 50 of 1,000 sets on Holland paper. 12 mo, 28 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt lined to the front and rear panel, inner dentelles. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume is illustrated with engraved plates, tissue guards present. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing.
Boston: Estes and Lauriat, c. 1890.
International limited edition, One of a 1,000 copies. Octavo, thirty volumes. Bound in contemporary three-quarter morocco over cloth. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing and extremity wear, spot of leather affected, some loss on top gilt edges.
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New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902.
Octavo, 10 volumes. One of 300 sets of the Arnheim Edition. Bound in half vellum, gilt titles to the spine, gilt decorations to the front panels; with gravure plates from paintings by F.S. Coburn; printed tissue guards; top edge gilt. In fine condition. A superior set.
London: Archibald Constable, 1916.
Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.
London: Constable, 1919.
Octavo, bound in full scarlet crushed levant morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun-Rivière. Front and rear panels with single gilt filler border, upper cover set with an oval miniature painting of a battle scene under glass, framed with a variety of weapons and emblems gilt; spine in six compartments with five raised bands, a decorative panel in the rest, each bearing crown, eagle or fleur-de-lys; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and free endpages of yellow watered silk. All edges gilt. In fine condition. Housed in a cloth folding box.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/ The Knickerbocker Press, 1889-96.
First trade edition. Octavo, 4 volumes, original publishers half cloth, maps at rear. In very good condition with a contemporary bookplate to each volume with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.