These books are huge and heavy, weighing 5.6 kgs/ 12.4 lbs altogether!
They are in great condition, there are images, protected by "fine" paper, throughout. I have photographed some of the images for you, they are incredible reproductions for their almost 150 year age!
Just one book (Correspondance) has the back cover missing*, the rest are completely intact and perfectly readable. There are some uncut/not separated pages*, common for this age of printing and binding, they have been like this since publication, and are all the more charming for it. (*See last two photos)
These books are very rare and collectible, they are paperback editions with wonderful, faded, covers. They will have an incredible impact on your bookshelves.
They are 'aged to perfection' and will give you an instant 'old library' effect and add an extra 'French chic' to your collection!
They each measure 15.5cms/6" deep x 24cms/ 9½" tall
Altogether on the shelf they are 22cms/ 8½" long.
Here's a bit about this fabulous collection and its author:
Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, Knight of Pratz (21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French author, poet, and statesman who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France. A pioneer of the French Romantic movement, he is considered one of the greatest French poets of the nineteenth century. He was also a prominent statesman who wrote a number of historical works that were popular in his day. Lamartine is now remembered as a significant figure in the history of French literature whose poetry marked the transition from the restraints of the neoclassical era to the passion and lyricism of the Romantics.
The titles are:
"Jocelyn", épisode, 1882 edition. This epic poem is the story of a young man who intended to take up the religious life but instead, when cast out of the seminary by the Revolution, falls in love with a young girl; recalled to the order by his dying bishop, he renounces his love and becomes a “man of God,” a parish priest, consecrating his life to the service of his fellow men.
"La Chute d'un Ange", épisode, 1879 edition. This is another completed segment of the epic poem, written in 1838. Although Lamartine had been regarded previously as a deeply religious poet, both "Jocelyn" (see above) and "The Fall of an Angel" were banned by the Catholic Church, which considered the works to be against traditional faith with their suggestions in favor of rationalism and deism.
"Correspondance", Tome Quatrième (1827 - 1833), 1874 edition. The forth volume of Lamartine's letters and correspondence.
"Méditations Poétiques", 1875 edition. Lamartine's first collection of poetry, "Méditations poétiques", became immensely successful because of its new romantic tone and sincerity of feeling. It brought to French poetry a new music; the themes were at the same time intimate and religious. If the vocabulary remained that of the somewhat faded rhetoric of the preceding century, the resonance of the sentences, the power of the rhythm, and the passion for life sharply contrasted with the often-withered poetry of the 18th century. The book was so successful that Lamartine attempted to extend it two years later.
"Harmonies, Poétiques et Religieuses", 1879 edition. This poetic collections was first published in 1830.
"Voyage en Orient", Tome Premièr, 1876 edition. First published in 1835, Lamartine, having evoked Italy in his autobiographical novel "Graziella", reveals in this vast story his permanent fascination for the Orient.
"Le Manuscrit de Ma Mère", 1877 edition. Françoise-Alix de Lamartine (8 November 1766, Lyon - 16 November 1829, Mâcon) was a French writer and the mother of Alphonse de Lamartine. Alix de Lamartine had become accustomed to writing each evening, in her diary, the summary of her day in order to do her examination of conscience more regularly, to learn to regulate her life and to charm her long moments of intellectual solitude. She opened her first notebook in 1801 – when she and her family lived at Milly Castle, acquired by her husband in 1797 – and closed the last one in 1829. After her death Alphonse took over this work, and published it, removing the passages that were too intimate and making amendments to it.
Most importantly these books have that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
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