Antique French Red Books. 1880s - 1900s French Poetry Books.
This is a stunning set of three 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 bundle is made up of three very rare and collectible books. They are in genuine antique condition, as you can see from the photos. These books have, over their long life, gathered names inside the front covers, pencilled scholarly notes, remarks and comments, on the pages, over the years. Most importantly they have that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
The three 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:
Album Poétique Illustré, B. d'Oradour (c. 1882 edition.) Gorgeous in every way, from it's gold-edged pages to it's "tissue protected" images, this book is simply amazing. Packed full of works by France's most famous writers, such as Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo, Lamartine, Alfred de Musset and Alfred de Vigny, it has illustrations throughout, protected by soft, tissue paper "windows". The cover itself is magnificent. If you love beautiful classic poetry then this book is for you.
Les Poëtes Français, Antonin Roche (c. 1900 edition.) Another absolutely stunning collection of French poetry from writers Molière, La Fontaine, Racine, Corneille, Boileau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and many, many more.
Tout en Un, Encyclopédie Illustrée des Connaissances Humaines.(1921 edition.) This massive book is seven dictionaries and 14 encyclopedia chapters combined. The dictionaries are French Language, History and Mythology, Geography, Medicine, Cuisine, Veterinary Science and Common Law. The Encyclopedias are Sport, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Art, Geography, History, Science, the Universe, Money and Measures, Economy, Literature, French Language, Medicine and Common Law. It is almost impossible to comprehend the size and scale of the information in this book. I have photographed a few of the pages to show you the detail of the illustration and diagrams. It is 100 years old and a "Treasure Trove" to be cherished. It has 10,000,000 letters on its 1500 pages!
To display them altogether you will need a minimum space of 14cms/ 5½" high x 20cms/ 7¾" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 2.1kgs/ 4.6 lbs.
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