Finely Bound Set of the Works of Victor Hugo
The Works of Victor Hugo.
Item Number: 25019
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.
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. His best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He produced more than 4,000 drawings, and also earned respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.
Other Books by this Author
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. Large octavos, contemporary calf, gilt decorated compartments to the spine, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. The question of priority has 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. 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.
“Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma": Rare First French Edition of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables
Paris: Pagnerre, 1862.
Parisian first edition of this classic work of literature, published on April 3rd, 1862 (three days after of first printing in Brussels on March 31st of 1862). Large octavos, half crushed red morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. False mention of “Septième Edition” on the title pages of volumes I-III, and “Huitième Edition” on the title page of volume IV, which were spurious and meant to help boost sales. In near fine condition. A nice presentation.
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.
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it": Rare First Edition in English of Aristotle's Metaphysics
London: Printed for the Author by Davis, Wilks, and Taylor, 1801.
First edition in English of the Metaphysics of Aristotle. Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, black morocco spine label, gilt lined to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition, light browning. Translated by Thomas Taylor. A very nice example.
Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co, 1886.
The Complete Works of Robert Burns. Octavo, 6 volumes, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panels. Illustrated with 60 fine etchings and wood cuts, maps and facsimilies. In fine condition.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Works, one of only 3000 sets produced. This copy is signed in My Early Life by Clementine Churhill, opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” and presented by her daughter Mary Soames to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” Octavo, original full vellum, 34 volumes. Boards gilt-stamped with the Churchill arms, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original dark green slipcases, also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. In excellent condition. A beautiful set.