This is a stunning set of six antique French books in faded "Inky/sea" green tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect. There are works here by some of France's most famous writers; Racine, Fénelon and Emile Zola to give your bookshelves added French Chic!
This "sea green" book bundle is made up of very collectible, and increasingly hard to find, books. 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:
"Les Aventures de Télémaque", Fénelon (1920 edition.) François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon (6 August 1651 – 7 January 1715), was a French Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer. Today, he is remembered mostly as the author of this book "The Adventures of Telemachus", first published in 1699. The slender plot fills out a gap in Homer's Odyssey, recounting the educational travels of Telemachus, son of Ulysses, accompanied by his tutor, Mentor, who is revealed early on in the story to be Minerva, goddess of wisdom, in disguise.
"Iphegénie" Jean Racine (1910 edition.) Jean Racine (22 December 1639 – 21 April 1699), was a French dramatist, one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France, along with Molière and Corneille. Iphigénie is a dramatic tragedy in five acts, written in alexandrine verse. It was first perforrmed in the Orangerie in Versailles on August 18, 1674.
"Extraits des Philosophes du XVIIIe Siècle" (1933 edition.) "Extracts of Philosophy of the 18th century". A wonderful book packed full of writings by all of France's famous social commentators, such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau and Diderot to name but a few!
"Histoire de la Littérature Française, de Corneille à nos jours" (1905 edition.) A history of French literature from Corneille (1630's) to today (1905.) This book has selected works from all of France's famous writers. There are works by Descartes, Boileau, La Fontaine, Molière, Racine, Voltaire and Victor Hugo and many, many more.
"La Terre", Emile Zola (1905 edition.) "The Earth" is a novel by Émile Zola, published in 1887. It is the fifteenth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. La Terre describes the steady disintegration of a family of agricultural workers in Second Empire France, in the years immediately before the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It offers a vivid description of the hardships and brutality of rural life in the late nineteenth century.
"Morceaux Choisis de Grands Ecrivains Français du XVIe au XIXé siècles", Albert Cahen (1931 edition.) Another fabulous selection of writings by France's famous 16th - 19th century writers. Everyone from Rabelais, Chateaubriand and Balzac to Alfred de Vigny and Alphonse Daudet.
To display them altogether, in a bundle, you will need a minimum space of 16cms/ 6¼" high x 19cms/ 5½" long x 13cms/ 5¼" deep.
They weigh 2.3kgs/ 5lbs.
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