1836 Notre-Dame de Paris
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Author's Presentation Copy, First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed
The first illustrated edition, first issue, and the first edition complete in one volume.
Inscribed note from Victor Hugo adhered before the half-title. 'A mon bien cher ami ... Victor Hugo'.
Very uncommon to find a copy of Notre-Dame dedicated or inscribed by Hugo.
We believe this was dedicated at the time of publication.
Illustrated with an engraved title, and ten plates.
This is an early copy without the plate 'De l'utilité des fenêtres', as is common, as the plate was not yet ready when the work was published.
In the original French.
'Notre-Dame' is one of the most famous French novels written. It is a Gothic novel, set in Paris in 1482, surrounding the cathedral of Notre Dame. The story follows the gypsy Esmeralda, as she captures the heart of Quasimodo, the bellringer of Notre-Dame.
Written by Victor Hugo, a Romantic novelist, best known for this work and for the epic 'Les Miserables'.
Illustrated after Louis Boulanger, Alfred Johannot, Tony Johannot, Denis Auguste Marie Raffet, and Camille Rogier.
Bookplate of Oliver Brett to the front paste down. The 3rd Viscount Esher, Brett was notable for being a chairman for the National Trust for 25 years, and being involved in many important cultural and artistic charities.
In a quarter morocco binding with paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Rubbing to the boards, resulting in two chips of loss of paper to the front board. Light rubbing to the extremities and spine. Minor discolouration to the boards. A few minor marks to the boards and spine. Very light bumping to the extremities. Bookplate to the front paste down. Clipping pasted to the verso of the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the occasional spot. Tide mark to the top edge and fore edge of the engraved title, and fainter to the title page, and to plates facing pages 61, 124, 261, 299, 424, 462, and 511.
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