Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Deluxe Leather Bound Limited Edition, Folio Society, 2008
Illustrations from the 1862 Edition
Folio Society, 2008
This is a beautiful leather bound limited edition of “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo published by the Folio Society in 2008 with a limitation of 1750 copies this being number 1049. The book features illustrations and designs by De Neuville, Bayard, Morin, Valnay and other prominent French artists. All of the illustrations are from the 1862 original edition. From the publisher: “For its compelling narrative of love, hate, revenge and redemption, few books in history can match Les Misérables. It was a huge success when first published on April 3, 1862, thanks to its gripping story, epic sweep and outspoken political message. Written over a period of nearly twenty years, and completed while Hugo was in exile on Guernsey, this historical novel included a devastating critique of the ills of contemporary France. The book teems with unforgettable characters, from the prostitute Fantine, forced to sell her hair and teeth, to the lovable street urchin Gavroche, who becomes a symbol of the uprising. Hugo has a masterly understanding of the power of intimate, everyday details and situations placed within the grand setting of the novel. The cumulative emotional effect of the book is overwhelming, proving Hugo's stature as a peerless storyteller.”
Measuring 10" x 6" and containing 1184 pages, the book is bound in full blue goatskin covered boards with gilt designs in red and white to the cover and spine. The upper edges are gold gilt and the book comes with a built in satin bookmark. Accompanying the book is a 17 page pamphlet in wraps, “The Divine Stenographer, Truth and Narration in Les Miserables” by Mario Vargas Llosa. The book is housed in a buckram clamshell solander box that serves to protect and display the book and commentary volume.
The book, pamphlet, and solander box are in FINE condition with the solander box having some very minor rubs to the top edge.
Stock photographs of the book and solander box as well as some of the illustrations contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.