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 Victor Hugo, Rabelais and Honoré de Balzac 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:
Oeuvres de Rabelais, Gargantua & Pantagruel, Le Quart Livre. (1932 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.
Balzac, Scènes de la Vie Politique. Une Ténébreuse Affaire. (1950 edition.) Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. Une Ténébreuse Affaire (A Murky Business) is a novel first published in 1841. It is one of the novels in the sequence 'La Comédie Humaine', which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life,and is generally viewed as his magnum opus. Altogether there are 94 novels and short stories that make up La Comédie Humaine.
Le Camp du Drap d'Or, Chronique de France, Paul Fort (1926 edition.) A history book documenting The Field of the Cloth of Gold, a royal summit meeting at a site in Balinghem – equidistant between Ardres in France and Guînes, near Calais. It was a lavish extremely expensive display of wealth on both sides from 7 to 24 June 1520, between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France.
Les Miserables, Tome III and IV, Victor Hugo (1947 editions.) Victor Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Two tomes of Les Misérables, the historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.
Jean de Florette, L'eau des Collines, Tome I, Marcel Pagnol (1962 edition.) Marcel Paul Pagnol (28 February 1895 – 18 April 1974) was a French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. This book was made into an award winning film in 1986, nominated for eight César awards, and ten BAFTAs.
To display them altogether, in a bundle, you will need a minimum space of 12.5cms/ 5" deep x 19cms/ 7½" long x 14cms/ 5½" high.
They weigh 1.6kgs/ 3.5lbs.
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 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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