This is a stunning set of five antique French books in faded grey/blue tones. They are 'aged to perfection' and will give you an instant 'old library' effect. There are books here by some of France's most famous writers, Chateaubriand and Lamartine, to give your bookshelves added French Chic!
They look lovely tied up with twine and displayed on a coffee table, sideboard, mantelpiece, bedside table or dresser. The covers have faded with time to subtle, dusky, soft greys and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
This 'light blue/grey' book bundle is made up of French, antiquarian books, very collectible and increasingly hard to find. They are in genuine vintage condition, as you can see from the photos. They have been held and read by many, many people who have 'thumbed through' them, studied them, ear marked pages, loved, lost and cherished them and they have finally ended up here - looking for a new home and a new adventure. They have also gathered a few pencil marks and names inside the covers over the years. I've left them exactly as I found them because they're authentic.
Most importantly they have that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
The five books are all hardcover editions, distressed from years of genuine use and some of the pages are delicate and loose.
The titles are:
Les Chefs d'Oeuvres de Lamartine. Harmonies, Poétiques et Religieuses (1924 edition.) Published by France's famous Parisian publishers 'Librarie Hachette' this book has the most gorgeous, Art Nouveau, inspired cover with a metallic embossed Greek head, in profile, in the center. It has lovely decorative Greek Lyres (harps) on the inside covers.
Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, Knight of Pratz (21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France. The works in this book were written in 1830.
Les Chefs d'Oeuvres de Lamartine. Raphaël & Graziella (1924 edition.) This book contains two more of Lamartine's works. Raphaël, written in 1849 and Graziella, his 1852 novel. Grazilla tells of a young French man who falls for a fisherman's granddaughter – the eponymous Graziella – during a trip to Naples, Italy; they are separated when he must return to France, and she soon dies. Based on the author's experiences with a tobacco-leaf folder while in Naples in the early 1810s, Graziella was first written as a journal, and intended to serve as commentary for Lamartine's poem "Le Premier Regret".
Les Chefs d'Oeuvres de Lamartine. Jocelyn (1924 edition.) This is Lamartine's famous 1836 work.
Morale, Cours Supérieur, Cours Complémentaire (1920 edition.) Everything you need to know to be a good French citizen!
Chateaubriand, XIXe Siècle, Textes Choisis et Commentes - André Beaunier (1912 edition.) François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) was a French writer, politician, diplomat and historian who founded Romanticism in French literature. This book contains many of his most famous works, such as Atala, Le Génie du Christianisme, René, Essai Sur Les Revolution and Les Natchez to name but a few!
If you wish to display the books in a bundle/stack with twine then you would need a minimum space of 10cms / 4" high x 20cms / 7¾" long x 13cms / 5" deep.
They weigh 1.4kgs / 3lbs altogether.
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