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French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.
French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.

French 1940 Edition of the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré' Encyclopedia.

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This 79 year old, one-volume work, has two main sections: a dictionary featuring common words and an encyclopedia of proper nouns. 
Le Petit Larousse Illustré, commonly known simply as 'Le Petit Larousse', is a French-language encyclopedic dictionary. It first appeared in 1905 and was edited by Claude Augé, following Augé's Dictionnaire complet illustré (1889). 
This is a rare and collectible 1940 edition. 
Éditions Larousse is a French publishing house specializing in reference works such as dictionaries. It was founded in 1852 by Pierre Larousse and its best-known work is the Petit Larousse, which is still published annually.

The motto of Pierre Larousse, the namesake of Les Editions Larousse, and perpetuated in Larousse's publications is "Je sème à tout vent" ("I sow to all winds"). This motto appears on both the front cover and spine of this book and is instantly recognizable. 

The photographs show a very small selection of the of the 1767 pages, containing 6200 gravures (engravings), 220 planches et tableaux (diagrams and tables) and 140 cartes (charts). The book itself is mesmerizing in the detail and information packed into its pages. Once you pick it up it seems impossible to put it down again!

This book would look fabulous displayed on a coffee table. A real 'talking point'.

It is a hardcover edition and measures 20cms x 14cms x 8.5cms (7¾" x 5½" x 3 ¼") and weighs 1.6kgs (3.5lbs)!

The cover is loose and the spine has sustained some damage over the years, apart from that it is in excellent condition, with no loose pages, and is complete.

It has clearly been held and read by many, many people who have 'thumbed through' the pages, studied them and ear-marked them. Most importantly it has that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting with 'yellowed' pages. 'Aged to perfection'!

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