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 shades and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots. They make excellent film and photo props and would be ideal for a boho, or shabby chic, themed wedding as a table centerpiece decoration.
The five books are all distressed from years of genuine use, and some of the pages are delicate and loose. One or two of the books have some of their pages uncut/not separated - they have been like this since publication - and are all the more charming for it. They have also gathered pencilled scholarly notes, remarks, comments, on the pages, 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 titles are:
Le Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac (Hardcover 1948 edition.) Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. "Old Goriot" or "Father Goriot" is his 1835 novel.
La Médecine Nouvelle, Traité, Théorique et Pratique, Dr. O. Dubois (Paperback 1900 edition.) This book offers a fascinating insight into medicinal and surgical practices of the early 1900's and is wonderful for comparing how much medical knowledge, treatments and practices have changed over the last 100 years. Anyone who is interested in medicine would adore this book.
Essais de Montaigne, Tome second (Paperback c. 1930 edition.) Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592), also known as Lord of Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with intellectual insight. His massive volume Essais contains some of the most influential essays ever written.
Histoire de France, Des origines au temps présent, Octave Aubry (Paperback 1947 edition.) This book is a guide to French history from prehistoric times, through the Gaule's, the middle ages, the 100 years war, and the wars of religion, through to the French Revolution, Napoléon, the Great War (1914 - 1917) all the way to the Second World War (1939 - 1945) and is impossible to put down once you start reading it!
Dissertations Philosohiques, Paul Foulquié et A. Texier (Paperback 1950 edition.) This book contains over 100 dissertations and studies written on philosophical subjects, drawing inspiration from writers such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, Montesquieu, Delacroix, Nietsche.
To display them altogether, in a bundle, you will need a minimum space of 14cms/ 5½" deep x 22cms/ 8½" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 1.8kgs/ 3.9lbs.
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