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 shades of dark blue and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
This book bundle is made up of French, antiquarian books, classic literature, all from the late 1800's/early 1900's, 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 seven 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:
Oratio Pro Milone, Cicéron (1923 edition.) The Pro Tito Annio Milone ad iudicem oratio (Pro Milone) is a speech made by Marcus Tullius Cicero in 52 BC on behalf of his friend Titus Annius Milo. Milo was accused of murdering his political enemy Publius Clodius Pulcher on the Via Appia. Cicero wrote the speech after the hearing.
Poètes et Prosateurs du Moyen Age, G. Paris (c. 1900 edition.) A gorgeous selection of poetry and stories/fables from the middle ages, translated into modern French language.
Chateaubriand, Extraits (c.1910 edition.) François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) was a French writer, politician, diplomat and historian who had a notable influence on French literature of the nineteenth century. This book is a selection of his most famous works.
Contes et Récits du XIXe Siècle, E. Maynial (1932 edition.) 19th Century stories and fables from all of France's most famous writers. Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Alphonse Daudet, Alexandre Dumas, Honoré de Balzac, Stendhall and Guy de Maupassant are just a few of the writers featured in this wonderful book.
Morceaux Choisis Lucien (c.1900 edition.) Lucian of Samosata (c. 125 – after 180) was an Assyrian satirist and rhetorician who is best known for his characteristic tongue-in-cheek style, with which he frequently ridiculed superstition, religious practices, and belief in the paranormal. This book of selected works has copies of his original work in Greek, with French notes and translations.
Chrestomathie du Moyen Age (1903 edition.) This 118 year old book is a collection of selected literary passages of the middle ages. There are chapters on the study of language, conjugation and phonetics. There are sections of poetry, fables, satire, history, songs and dramas.
Extraits des Moralistes, XVIIe, XVIIIe, XIXe Siècles, R. Thamin (1897 edition.) This 124 year old book is packed full of writings by all of Frances famous social commentators, such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Descartes and Pascal to name but a few!
If you wish to display the books in a bundle/stack with string (like the photos) then you would need a minimum space of 15cms/ 6" high x 16cms/ 6¼ " long x 11cms/ 4¼ " deep.
They weigh 1.8kgs/ 4lbs.
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