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Aprs-Demain
'The Day After Tomorrow'

by Lydia Branchu

1879 - Tolouse - Socit des Livres Religieux
8.5" by 5"; 222pp.

 








 










 

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A very handsomely-bound Victorian example of 'belles-lettres' aesthete fiction; from an intriguingly rare early-modern French Protestant persepctive.

This work by Lydia Branchu (translated by Sophie Prosser) paints a wistful and moving picture of rural France with from a Protestant onvertones.  In keeping with other belles-lettres, the plot is simple cannot be strictly defined as either a novel or an essay; but rather as anecdotal fiction whose substantive contents are incidental to the formative beauty of the prose.

The edition is bound handsomely in red and gold, and bears a prize bookplate from a Wesleyan school.  These characteristics identify the volume as being within the collectible genre of 'livres d'etrennes;' aesthetic fiction for young people given in the form of school prizes.

Illustrated with ten lovely plates (table of plates to rear), the edition is published by the Tolouse Society for Religious Books.



CONDITION

Externally very smart.  Bound in handsome red cloth with embossed gilt decoration to boards and spine.  Corners of boards somewhat worn; wear to head and tail of spine; some slight rubbing to hinges.  Internally, firmly bound (though hinges slightly tender in places).  Prize bookplate of the Ecole du Dimanche Wesleyenne (Wesleyan Sunday School) awarded to Louis Beauchamp, 29 September 1885, to front pastedown.  Leaves generally bright and clean; moderate foxing and spotting to endpapers and spotting to frontispiece.  There are 16 superfluous pages printed between 64 and 65pp., comprising the final pages and table of plates from an unknown volume; with an open tear to the endpaper of the extraneous material.  Overall:  GOOD.


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