Antique French Red Book Bundle of Old French School Books.
This is a stunning set of seven antique French books in faded red tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect.
They will add a splash of color to neutral rooms. They look lovely tied up with 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 seven French, antiquarian schoolbooks, 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:
Cours Primaire de Grammaire Française, cours élémentaire - J. Dussouchet. Published by France's famous Parisian publisher "Librarie Hachette." This is an amazing book, packed full of language lessons and exercises, analysis and verb conjugations for 6–8-year-olds.
Morceaux Choisis de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J. Labbé (1902 edition.) A selection of works by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778.) A Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought.
Arithmétique, cours moyen - certificat d'études - M. Royer et P. Court (1931 edition.) A book full of fabulous old diagrams and illustrations of angles, spheres, cones and mathematical equations.
Sciences Naturelles du Brevet Elémentaire, 1ere Année - L.-J. Dalbais et Paul Chauvet (1934 edition.) This book is amazing, once you pick it up it's impossible to put down. It has wonderful, dissected illustrations of plants, flowers and mushrooms and chapters on Geology and Botany.
Histoire de France, cours supérieur, 1ère année, certificat d'études - E. Lavisse (1941 edition.) This book is a guide to French history from Prehistoric times through to the 1st World War of 1914-1918. It covers in detail times such as the Gallo-Roman period, the Crusades, Middle Ages, the 100 Years War and the French Revolution to name but a few.
Histoire de France, cours supérieur, deuxième année, 1774-1851. Ch. Aimond (1923 edition.) This book covers in detail the period of French history from the beginnings of the French revolution, the reign of Louis XVI, through the Revolution, the Napoleonic consult and empire to the restoration of the monarchy through to the formation of the second republic in 1848.
La Classe de Français. Joseph Dedieu (1940 edition.) A study of the French language through texts and exercises for classes cinquième, quatrième and troisième of collège.
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 22cms/ 8½" long x 15cms/ 6" deep.
They weigh 2.2kgs/ 4.8 lbs.
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