This is a stunning set of six vintage French books in faded creamy beige 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, such as Rabelais, Beaumarchais and Molière to give your bookshelves added French chic!
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 six books are all paperback editions, distressed from years of genuine use, and some of the pages are delicate and loose:
The titles are:
Jacques le Fataliste et Son Maitre, Denis Diderot (1948 edition.) Denis Diderot (5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Age of Enlightenment. Jacques the Fatalist and his Master is one of his novels written in 1773.
L'Arlésienne, Alhonse Daudet (1952 edition.) Alphonse Daudet (13 May 1840 – 16 December 1897) was a French novelist. L'Arlésienne is a short story, first published in his collection 'Letters From My Windmill' (Lettres de mon moulin) in 1869.
Théatre (première serié) Tête d'Or, Paul Claudel (1946 edition.) Paul Claudel (6 August 1868 – 23 February 1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat, and the younger brother of the sculptor Camille Claudel. This is one of his most famous three act plays.
Oeuvres de Rabelais, tome deuxième (1950 edition.) François Rabelais (1483 – 1553) was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. This is the fourth book of Pantagruel, from 1552.
Théatre de Beaumarchaise, Le Barbier de Séville et Le Mariage de Figaro et La Mère Coupable (1950 edition) Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (24 January 1732 – 18 May 1799) was a French playwright. This book contains his three most famous works: The Barber of Seville was written in 1773, The Marriage of Figaro, a comedy in five acts, written in 1778 and The Guilty Mother from 1792.
Oeuvres Complètes de Molière, George Dandin, L'Avare et Le Tartuffe (1947 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 three of his most famous plays 'The Miser', from 1668, George Dandin or The Thwarted Husband, from 1668, and The Impostor, or The Hypocrite, from 1664.
To display them altogether you will need a minimum space of 12.5cms/ 5" high x 20cms/ 7¾" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 1.8kgs/ 4lbs.
The books in this book bundle are in genuine vintage condition, as you can see from the photos. Some of the pages and covers are slightly loose. One or two of the books have their first few pages uncut - they have been like this since publication - and are all the more charming for it. They have also gathered a few pencil marks, and names inside the front 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.
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