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.
The perfect interior decorators 'o'bjets d'art' they will add a splash of colour to neutral rooms. They look lovely tied up with ribbon and displayed on a coffee table, sideboard, mantelpiece, 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 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:
Fables de La Fontaine (1899 edition) This book is 119 years old! It is absolutely wonderful. Jean de La Fontaine (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a French fable writer and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables which this little book is full of along with classic illustrations.
Cours de Langue Française, cours élémentaire - C.H Maquet, L. Flot et L. Roy (1923 edition.) Published by France's famous Parisian publisher 'Librarie Hachette.' An amazing book, packed full of language lessons and exercises, analysis and verb conjugations for 6-8 year olds.
Cours de Langue Française, cours moyen et supérieur - C.H Maquet, L. Flot et L. Roy (1925 edition.) Also published by France's famous Parisian publisher 'Librarie Hachette.' This is the follow on book from the one above for 9-11 year olds.
Le Français par les textes, lecture expliquée. Cours moyen - V. Bouillot (edition date unknown.) A fascinating book packed full of vocabulary, sentence construction and verb conjugations.
Les Principales Puissances et la vie economique du monde, classes de philosophie et de mathématiques - L. Gallouédec et F. Maurette (1929 edition.) World powers and economics from an early 20th century perspective.
Arithémetique, Théorie, exercisies et problèmes, cours complémentaire - A. Lemoine (1923 edition.) If you love algebra, fractions, formulas and calculations then this book is for you!
If you would like to display the books in a bundle, tied up with the ribbon (like the photos), then you would need a minimum space of 12cms high x 20cms long x 13cms deep. (4¾"x 7¾" x 5")
The more book bundles I compile the more difficult it gets to part with them as each set is so steeped in history and life that they 'feel' alive to me.
Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy seeing these books as much as I have enjoyed finding them.
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