Blue Book Stack of Rare 1800s Books by Racine, Molière, La Fontaine & Voltaire.
This is a stunning set of six antique French books in faded "midnight/dark" blue tones. They are "aged to perfection" and will give you an instant "old library" effect and give your bookshelves added French chic!
These works are rare and collectible, by some of France's most famous writers, Molière, Voltaire, Racine and La Fontaine.
In amazing condition for their age, they are hardcover editions with wonderful, "yellowed", covers. There are no loose pages. Each one is stunning, in its own right, and together they make an incredible impact.
The titles are:
Histoire de Charles XII, Roi de Suède, par Voltaire. (1889 edition.) Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit. He was a critic of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church. He advocated freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. A versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form.
"L’Histoire de Charles XII" is Voltaire’s first major history, and relates the story of a warrior king, who was to Voltaire the embodiment of the ‘hero’, admirable for his strength in battle but at the same time tyrannical to the people he had no respect for – a king who stood in sharp contrast to the ‘benevolent tyrant’ Peter the Great, who had founded an empire of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s view of Charles became massively influential through the eighteenth century.
Trois Années de Lectures Littéraires. "Voltaire", L'histoire de Charles XII, Le Siècle de Louis XIV, Zaïre et Mérope, Choix de lettres (1897 edition.) This book contains studies and commentaries on selected passages of work from Voltaire’s writings on the reign of Louis XIV, Charles XII, and from his plays "Zaïre", his five-act tragedy in verse, and "Mérope" another of his five act tragedies.
Trois Années de Lectures Littéraires. "Racine" (1896 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. This book contains studies, notes and commentaries on some of Racine's most famous tragedies and comedies, such as Andromaque (1667), Les Plaideurs (1668), Britannicus (1669), Mithridate (1673), Iphigénie (1674), Esther (1689) and Athalie (1691.)
Trois Années de Lectures Littéraires. "Molière" (1896 edition.) Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (15 January 1622 - 17 February 1673), known by his stage name Molière was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. This book contains elected studies of some of his most famous plays, such as L'Avare (1668), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1670), Les Femmes Savantes (1672), Le Malade Imaginaire (1673), Les Précieuses Ridicules (1659) and Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur (1664.)
Fables de La Fontaine, A. Gazier (1942 edition.) Jean de La Fontaine (8 September 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. This book contains all of his famous fables, including our personal favourite, The Fox and the Crow.
Lectures Choisis, Prose et Poésie, Cours moyen et Supérieur. D. Binnehin et P.E. Turgan (1901 edition.) A book of selected reading for school children of the early 1900's. This book uses studies of great writings to reinforce the moral and civil code of France. How to behave in family and society for school children, through classic French literature.
If you wish to display the books in a bundle/stack with string then you would need a minimum space of 12cms/ 4" high x 19cms/ 7½" long x 13cms/ 5" deep. They weigh 1.8kgs/ 4 lbs altogether.
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