French Classic Literature by Rabelais, La Bruyère, Honoré de Balzac, Victor Hugo and Stendhal.
This is a stunning set of eight vintage French books in faded creamy beige tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect. These works are by some of France's most famous writers 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 shades and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots. They make excellent film and photo props and would be ideal for a boho, or shabby chic, themed wedding as a table centerpiece decoration.
The eight books are all paperback editions, distressed from years of genuine use, and some of the pages are delicate and loose:
The titles are:
La Chartreuse de Parme, Stendhal (1949 edition.) Marie-Henri Beyle (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal was a 19th-century French writer. The Charterhouse of Parma is one of his most famous novels, first published in 1839. It tells the story of an Italian nobleman in the Napoleonic era. It was admired by Balzac, Tolstoy, André Gide, di Lampedusa and Henry James. The novel has been adapted for opera, film and television.
Le Cousin Pons, Honoré de Balzac (edition date unknown.) Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus. Le Cousin Pons is one of the last of the 94 novels and short stories that make up La Comédie Humaine.
La Poésie de Victor Hugo, Maurice Levaillant et Madame Cécile Daubray (1956 edition.) Victor Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. This is a collection of his poetry, annotated.
Rabelais, Gargantua et Pantagruel, Tomes I, II et III. (Paperback 1926 edition.) The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel is a pentalogy of novels written in the 16th century by François Rabelais, which tells of the adventures of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel.
La Bruyère, Les Caractères, Tomes I et II (c. 1925 edition.) Jean de La Bruyère (16 August 1645 – 11 May 1696) was a French philosopher and moralist, who was noted for his satire. The "Caractères", a translation of Theophrastus, was first published in 1885.
To display them altogether you will need a minimum space of 15cms/ 6" high x 21cms/ 8¼" long x 15cms/ 6" deep.
They weigh 2kgs/ 4.4lbs.
Most importantly they have that "old book smell" reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
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