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, Boileau, Pierre de Ronsard and Alfred de Vigny 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:
Poèmes, Pierre de Ronsard (1967 edition.) Pierre de Ronsard (11 September 1524 – 27 December 1585) was a French poet or, as his own generation in France called him, the "prince of poets". This book has gathered some pencilled scholarly notes, remarks, comments, on the pages, over the years. I've left them exactly as I found them because they're authentic.
Les Grands Ecrivains Français, Alfred de Vigny. Maurice Paléologue (1908 edition.) Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny (27 March 1797 – 17 September 1863) was a French poet and early leader of French Romanticism. This book is a study of his life and works.
L'Art Poétique de Boileau, étude et analyse. Marcel Hervier (1949 edition.) Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1 November 1636 – 13 March 1711), often known simply as Boileau, was a French poet and critic. This book is a study of his 'L'Art poétique' work from 1674.
Cinq-Mars, Alfred de Vigny (1913 edition.) This 1826 work is a historical novel centered around the conspiracy of Louis XIII’s favourite, the Marquis de Cinq-Mars, against the Cardinal de Richelieu.
Platon, Phèdre (1947 edition.) Plato (c.423 – c. 347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. ,The Phaedrus is a dialogue between Plato's protagonist, Socrates, and Phaedrus. This book is an academic study so the works is reproduced in its original Greek format with French commentaries and translations.
Rabelais, Etudes sur Gargantua & Pantagruel, Le Tiers Livre. (1953 edition.) François Rabelais (1483 – 1553) was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. This is a study of the third book of Pantagruel, from 1546.
To display them altogether, in a bundle, you will need a minimum space of 14cms/ 5½" deep x 21cms/ 8¼" long x 13.5cms/ 5¼" high.
They weigh 1.7kgs/ 3.7 lbs.
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/torn. 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 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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