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
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.
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.
“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.
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
The Works of Washington Irving: The Autograph Edition [The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Rip Van Winkle].
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1895–97.
The Works of Washington Irving: The Author’s Autograph edition. Octavo, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, with one folding map and two folding charts. One of 500 sets, this set contains a page of original manuscript by Irving and an autograph note signed, both tipped in to volume one of The Alhambra. The manuscript leaf is page 216 of The Alhambra manuscript, with several deletions and corrections in ink. In the autograph note, signed “Washington Irving” and dated “Tuesday May 1,” the author regrets not being able to accept an invitation as he is dining with “Mr. Murray”. In near fine condition with light wear. A very nice set.
The Works of Charles Dickens (Including: Bleak House; A Tale of Two Cities; Little Dorrit; Great Expectations; Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; David Copperfield; Dombey & Son; The Old Curiosity Shop; Nicholas Nickleby).
London: Chapman & Hall, [c. 1870s].
Octavo, 30 volumes. Frontispiece and illustrations in each volume. Bound in full red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, spines gilt with red floral inlays, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. An exceptional set.
"Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?": Finely Bound Set of Havelock Ellis' Studies in the Psychology of Sex
Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 1905-1910.
Finely bound set of Havelock Ellis’ landmark work Studies in the Psychology of Sex. Octavo, 6 volumes. Bound in three quarters levant morocco by Stikeman and Company, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.