Antique Lime Green Book Stack of French School Books.
This is a stunning set of five antique French books in faded lime green tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect.
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 greens and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
This "lime green" book bundle is made up mostly of French 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 five books are all hardcover editions, distressed from years of genuine use and some of the pages are delicate.
The titles are:
La Tour de la France, par Deux Enfants, Devoir et Patrie. G. Bruno (1924 edition.) This is a famous French novel/geography/travel/school book. It was written by Augustine Fouillée (née Tuillerie) who used the pseudonym of G. Bruno. She was the wife of Alfred Jules Émile Fouillée. The book was widely used in the schools of the Third Republic, where it was influential for generations of children in creating a sense of a unified nation of France. Its success was such that it reached a circulation of 6 million copies in 1900. It was still used in schools until the 1950s.
Jeanne et Madeleine, Alice Dereims (1904 edition.) A story book for young ladies of the early 1900's.
Algèbre, élémentaire, cours complémentaires, Livre du Maitre. M. Mortreux et O. Mortreux (1927 edition.) An amazing old teachers guide to Algebra. This book is packed full of formulas and equations, algorithms and logarithms. If you love algebra then this book is for you!
Zoologie et Botanique, classe de cinquième, V. Boulet (1924 edition.) Zoology and Botany, designed for children aged 11-13. This book is packed full of information and illustrations on everything from plant reproduction, algae and fungus, to spiders, insects and molluscs. It has wonderful images and diagrams of everything from plant structures and insect dissection to how to build a beehive. The anatomy of insects to tree growing lichens and everything in between. Once you pick this book up it is impossible to put down again!
Lectures Graduées, cours préparatoire, G. Delahe et F. Vernay (c. 1910 edition.) A book of selected reading passages for children aged 6- 9 years old.
If you wish to display the books in a bundle tied with twine then you would need a minimum space of 10cms/4" high x 19cms/ 7½" long x 11cms/ 7 " deep.
They weigh 1.4kgs/ 3 lbs.
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