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.
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:
Anthologie des Poètes Français du XVIIIe Siècle, André Dumas. (1934 edition.) A fabulous collection of poetry by all of France's most famous 18th century writers. There are works here by Beaumarchais, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, André Chénier and many, many more!
Anthologie des Poètes du XIXe Siècle (1800-1866), Georges Pellissier. (1934 edition.) This book has a couple of missing pages. A wonderful book filled with selected works by famous French 19th century authors; such as Balzac, Victor Hugo, Lamartine, Alfred de Vigny and Alfred de Musset to name but a few!
Les Passionnées, Jacques Bruneteau. (1907 edition.) This book is a compilation of famous French romantic poetry.
Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain), Chétien de Troyes. (1974 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.
Choix de Poésies, Théophile Gautier. (1929 edition.) Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier (30 August 1811 – 23 October 1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. This book contains a selection of his most famous poetry.
These five antique books have, over their long life, gathered pencilled scholarly notes, remarks and comments, on the pages, over the years. I've left them exactly as I found them because they're authentic. 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. Most importantly they have that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
To display in a bundle, tied with twine, you will need a minimum space of 11cms/ 4 ¼" high x 19cms/ 7 ½" long x 12cms/ 4¾" deep.
They weigh 1.4kgs/ 3 lbs.
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