This is a stunning set of five 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 Voltaire 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 five books are all paperback editions, distressed from years of genuine use, and some of the pages are delicate and loose:
The titles are:
Le Cousin Pons, Honoré de Balzac (1955 edition.) Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus. Le Cousin Pons is one of the last of the 94 novels and short stories that make up La Comédie Humaine.
Le Neveu de Rameau, Denis Diderot (1963 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. Rameau's Nephew, or the Second Satire, is an imaginary philosophical conversation by Denis Diderot, written predominantly in 1761–1762.
L'Annonce, Faite à Marie, Paul Claudel (1932 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. The Tidings Brought to Mary; A Mystery is his four act play written in 1912.
Le Chef d'Oeuvres Inconnu, Honoré de Balzac (1924 edition.) The Unknown Masterpiece is a short story, first published in the newspaper L'Artiste in August 1831. It was published in Balzac's Études Philosophiques in 1837 and was integrated into the Comédie humaine in 1846.
Histoire de Charles XII, Voltaire (1925 edition.) Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit. History of Charles XII is his historical work about Charles XII, king of Sweden. It was first published in 1731.
To display them altogether you will need a minimum space of 11cms/ 4¼" high x 20cms/ 7¾" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 1.3kgs/ 2.8lbs.
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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