Classic/Medieval French Literature by Molière, Voltaire, Chrétien de Troyes, Montaigne and Malherbe.
This is a stunning set of five antique/vintage French books in faded cream/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 Molière, Voltaire, Montaigne and Chrétien de Troyes to give your bookshelves added French chic!
The perfect gift for book lovers the world over. 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:
Les Romans de Chrétien de Troyes , Tome IV, Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain) (1960 edition.) Chrétien de Troyes was a French poet and trouvère known for his writing on Arthurian subjects, and for first writing of Lancelot, Percival and the Holy Grail. Chrétien's works represent some of the most highly regarded medieval literature. Yvain, the Knight of the Lion was written c. 1180 simultaneously with Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, and includes several references to the narrative of that poem. It is a story of knight-errantry, in which the protagonist Yvain is first rejected by his lady for breaking a very important promise, and subsequently performs a number of heroic deeds in order to regain her favour.
Oeuvres de Molière, illustrées, Tome Sixième. (1929 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 is a reproduction of the original printed versions of his famous comedies, "L'Avare" (The Miser), from 1668, "Monsieur de Pourceaugnac", from 1669 and "Les Amans Magnifiques" (The Magnificent Lovers) and "Le Bougeois Gentilhomme" (The Middle-Class Aristocrat), from 1670. The pages in this book are beautiful, it has the most gorgeous typography and images. Many of the pages are un-cut, as is common with old books and have been like this since publication. This is an amazing old book.
Essais de Montaigne, Tome III. Pierre Villey (1923 edition.) Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592), also known as Lord of Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with intellectual insight. His massive volume Essais contains some of the most influential essays ever written.
Malherbe, Ouevres Poétiques, II. (1968 edition.) François de Malherbe (1555 – 16 October 1628) was a French poet, critic, and translator. This is a collection of his poetry. This book also has many un-separated pages.
Essais sur Voltaire, André Bellessort (1926 edition.) Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit. This book is a study of his life and works.
Most importantly they have that "old book smell" reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
To display them altogether you will need a minimum space of 15cms/ 6" high x 21cms/ 8 ¼" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 2kgs/ 4.4 lbs.
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