Stack of French Classic Literature, Good Housekeeping & Wine Guide.
Designed to give your bookshelves added "French chic", this is a stunning set of five antique French books in faded grey tones. They are 'aged to perfection' and will give you an instant 'old library' effect. They can be used as photo and film props, as well as table centrepieces for boho weddings and shabby chic displays.
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 tones and the pages are yellowed with age, with age spots.
The five books are all distressed from years of genuine use and some of the pages are delicate and loose:
The titles are:
Les Recettes de la Maison, A. Chaplet (1915 edition.) This gorgeous book is 106 years old! A good housekeeping guide, it covers everything you can possible think of in household management. From preserving fruit and making jam to disinfecting, cleaning and dealing with insect infestations. It's all here, from wiring lamps, polishing copper, bleaching your hair to dealing with condensation on your windows, redecorating your walls and everything in between. Once you pick it up it is impossible to put down again!
Corneille, Théatre Choisi (Hardcover 1908 edition.) Pierre Corneille (6 June 1606 – 1 October 1684) was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine. This book contains many of his famous plays, such as Le Cid - a five-act French tragicomedy (from 1637), Horace (from 1640), Cinna (from 1643), Polyeucte (from 1642), Le Menteur (from 1643), Nicomède (from 1651) to name but a few!
Le Vin, Procédes Modernes, de préparation, d'amélioration et de conservation. E. Chanrin (Hardcover c.1931 edition.) Everything you need to know about wine making. From the study of grapes and vine growing to harvesting, maturing, bottling and storing. A complete and comprehensive guide, a "treasure trove" of French viticulturist knowledge.
Mélite, Pierre Corneille (Paperback 1950 edition.) Mélite, or The False Letters, is a comedy in five acts, written in 1625, it is Corneille's first play and debuted on stage in December 1629.
Théatre de Tristan Bernard, IV. (Paperback 1926 edition) Tristan Bernard (7 September 1866 – 7 December 1947), was a playwright, novelist, journalist and lawyer. This book contains his three plays, "La Volonté de l'Homme", "Ce Que l'On Dit Aux Femmes" and "Le Cordon Bleu".
If you wish to display the books in a bundle/stack with string (like the photos) then you would need a minimum space of 11cms/ 4¼" high x 19cms/ 7½" long x 12cms/ 4¾" deep.
They weigh 1.4kgs/ 3 lbs.
These books have been held and read by many, many people who have "thumbed through" them, studied them, ear marked pages, loved, lost and cherished them and they have finally ended up here - looking for a new home and a new adventure. They have also gathered a few pencil marks and names inside the covers, and scholarly notes in the margins of the pages, over the years. I've left them exactly as I found them because they're authentic.
Most importantly they have that "old book smell" reminiscent of libraries and bookshops from a by-gone era - fabulously comforting.
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