TITLE: Les Miserables
SUBTITLE: With illustrations from Designs by De Neuville, Bayard, Morin, Valnay, and Other Eminent French Artists
AUTHOR: Victor Hugo; Norman Denny (Translator and Introduction)
PUBLISHER: The Folio Society
EDITION: Fascimile edition
NUMBERED: 318 of 1750.
NO.OF PAGES: [i-vi] vii-xvii [1-2] 3-1101, 1128 with 25 full-page black and white illustrations including the frontispiece; Garamond type, Cordier Wove paper, quarto size (10 x 6.5 inches). Together with 17 pages stitched red card wrap booklet titled "The Divine Stenographer: Truth and Narration in Les Miserables." Red paper wrappers with title label to upper wrapper, octavo size (9.75" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-2] 3-17.
BINDING: Original blue goatskin leather by Real Lachenmaier, Germany with gilt and red abstract illustrations by Jeff Clements on the front board, back lettered in gilt, with similar abstract illustration stamped in red and white at the spine; top edge gilt, red silk ribbon ties, red patterned endpapers. Housed in the publisher's blue cloth clamshell box, with title lettered in gilt on the spine, lined with red paper.
SIZE [WITH SLIPCASE]:
Height: 28 cm
Width: 19.5 cm
Depth: 9 cm
With its compelling narrative of love, hate, revenge and redemption, few books can match Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. It was a huge success when published in 1862, thanks to its gripping story, epic sweep and outspoken political message. The story centre on Jean Valjean, imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Released in 1815, Valjean rises to eminence, but his struggle to achieve respectability is constantly prevented by an unforgiving society.
CONDITION:.br.This lot will be sold in "as is" condition.
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