This is a stunning set of four antique French books in faded blue tones. They are 'aged to perfection' and will give you an instant 'old library' effect. There are works by France's Famous Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Corneille in this book bundle 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 turquoise, 'aqua' blues and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
This 'blue' book bundle is made up of French, Antiquarian Books and School Books, very collectible and increasingly hard to find. They are in genuine vintage condition, as you can see from the photos. They have been held and read by many, many people who have 'thumbed through' them, studied them, ear marked pages, loved, lost and cherished them and they have finally ended up here - looking for a new home and a new adventure. They have also gathered a few pencil marks and names inside the 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.
The four books are all hard cover editions, they are distressed from years of genuine use and some of the pages are delicate and loose.
The titles are:
Extraits - J.J. Rousseau (1906 edition.) Published by France's famous Parisian publishing house 'Librairie Hachette'. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century, mainly active in France. This book had a handwritten letter of study notes tucked inside the front cover. Taking it out doesn't feel right, as it came as part of the books history, so I'm going to leave it there for you.
Oeuvres de Virgile, Texte Latin - F. Plessis et P. Lejay (1929 edition.) This gorgeous book, with Latin text and notes in French, studies the life and works of Publius Vergilius Maro (15 October, 70 BC – 21 September, 19 BC) . An ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He wrote three of the most famous poems in Latin literature: the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid, all of which are in this book along with fabulous 'fold out' maps at the back to accompany the studies.
Théatre Choisis de Corneille ( 1935 edition.) Pierre Corneille (6 June 1606 – 1 October 1684) who was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine. This book also has some handwritten notes tucked inside the pages. It is a study of the life and works of Corneille and all of his most famous works, such as Le Cid, a five-act French tragicomedy (written in 1637), Horace (1640), Cinna (1643), Polyeucte (1642) and Nicomède (1651) feature in this book.
Manuel Illustré D'Histoire de la Littérature Française- J. Calvert (1934 edition.) All of France's most famous writers are here, such as Voltaire, Molière, Descartes, Ronsard, Rabelais, Montaigne, Boileau, Balzac, Daudet, Montaigne, La Fontaine, Victor Hugo, and Racine to name but a few. Once you pick up this book it is impossible to put down again!
If you wish to display the books in a bundle/stack with string then you would need a minimum space of 14cms / 5½" high x 19cms / 5½ long x 14cms / 5½" deep. Altogether they weigh 2.2kgs / 4.8lbs!
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