Antique French Red Book Bundle of Six Old French School Books.
This is a stunning set of six antique French books in faded red tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect.
If you love shabby chic books then these are for you. They look lovely tied up with natural twine and displayed on a coffee table, mantelpiece, sideboard, bedside table or dresser. The covers have faded with time to subtle, dusky, soft tones and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
This red book stack is made up of six French, antiquarian school 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 six books are all hard cover editions, they are distressed from years of genuine use and some of the pages are delicate and loose:
The titles are:
La Deuxième Année d'Enseignement Scientifique, Paul Bert (1905 edition.) A second year of lessons in natural science and physics for school children. This book is filled with fabulous old diagrams and illustrations of experiments in heat, light, weight, pressure, electricity, magnetism, gases, liquids, solids and much more! There are sections on food and farming, weather patterns and gardening. It has a few slightly torn pages.
Nouveau Cours d'Arithmétique, cours supérieur (2è année.) P. Leyssenne (1910 edition.) This book has a wonderful two-tone pink candy striped cover. Fractions, mental arithmetic, volumes, weights, measures, geometry and algebra all feature in this school book.
Cours de Langue Française, cours élémentaire - C.H Maquet, Léon Flot et L. Roy (1913 edition.) Published by France's famous Parisian publisher 'Librarie Hachette.' This book has grammar and vocabulary exercises along with verb conjugations and elocution exercises.
Grammaire, Cours Supérieur. Claude Augé (c.1900 edition) This huge book is packed full of French grammar, vocabulary and verb conjugation. It has studies of all the classics, poetry, théatre and letters. It covers everything from the origins of the French language to the history of literature for 11 - 14 year old collège children.
Grammaire Française, Théorie, 1134 Exercises, 133 Rédactions. Cours primaire. J. Dussouchet (1916 edition.) An amazing book of language lessons and exercises, analysis and verb conjugations for 11- 13 year old children.
Les Sciences, physiques et naturelles, J. Dutilleul et E. Rame (c. 1920 edition.) From the "Librarie Larousse" this book is full of amazing colour illustrations of the human body, plants, animals and rocks. It has a few loose pages but is complete. It has a large section on agricultural practices, from cereal crops to keeping livestock. It also covers fermentation processes, distillation and preservation.
If you would like to display the books in a bundle, tied up with the string (like the photos), then you would need a minimum space of 13cms/ 5" high x 20cms/ 7¾" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 1.8kgs/ 4lbs.
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