Red Book Stack. Larousse Memento, Voltaire and French Poetry.
A set of three of the most interesting books we have ever put together. All hardcover editions, distressed from years of genuine use. The covers have faded with time to subtle, dusky, soft tones and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
Most importantly they have that 'old book smell' reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
The titles are:
Les Poètes Françàis, 1820 - 1920. CH.-M. Des Granges (1948 edition.) This huge book is packed full of Famous works by writers such as Lamartine, Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Baudelaire, Alfred de Vigny, Paul Verlaine and Paul Claudel; to name but a few! Alongside the poems are notes and commentaries on the writers lives and works.
Voltaire, Oeuvres choisis. L. Flandrin. (1937 edition.) Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit. He was a critic of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church. He advocated freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. A versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. This book contains a selection of his plays, poems, novels, essays and correspondence.
Mémento Larousse, Encyclopédique & Illustré. (1930 edition.) The photographs show a very small selection of the 900 gravures (engravings), 90 tableaux (tables) and 82 cartes (charts/maps) in this book. The book itself is mesmerising in the detail and information packed into its pages. There is so much knowledge crammed into these pages. Everything from geography, chemistry, physics, French grammar and verb conjugation to world history. The book details life from pre-historic times, through the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, the French Monarchy, French Revolution, Napoleonic period all the way to the first world war. World politics and Empires, the maps provide a fascinating insight into the world before the second world war. It has a section on medicine and it is wonderful for comparing how much our knowledge of industrial practices, science and medicine have changed over the last near 100 years. There's music, civil codes, and absolutely everything else from algebra and art to botany, and zoology. There are a couple of loose pages, but it is complete.
Once you pick it up it seems impossible to put it down again!
To display them altogether, in a bundle, you will need a minimum space of 11cms/ 4¼" high x 20cms/ 7¾" long x 14cms/ 5½" deep.
They weigh 2.1kgs/ 4.6 lbs.
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