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Les Miserables.: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher, New York (1862)

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Item Description: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. First American edition and first edition in English of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. Complete in five octavo volumes. Fantine (171 pages plus four-page publisher's advertisement), Cosette (164 pages plus four-page publisher's advertisement), Marius (150 pages plus two-page publisher's advertisement), Saint Denis (184 pages), and Jean Valjean (165 pages plus two-page publisher's advertisement). Publisher's matching cloth with gilt spine titles. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Victor Hugo's "great novel has been hailed as a masterpiece of popular literature, an epic poem in prose about God, humanity, and Hugo. Hugo hoped that Les Mis?rables would be one of if not the 'principal summits' of his body of works. Despite its length, complexity, and occasionally unbelievable plot and characterization, it remains a masterpiece of popular literature. It anticipates Balzac in its realism, but in its flights of imagination and lyricism, its theme of redemption, and its melding of myth and history, it is uniquely Hugo" (Dolbow, 149, 214). Charles E. Wilbour was hired by the Carleton Publishing Company to translate Hugo's grand masterpiece, and he did so very quickly, allowing the first American edition to be published within months of its French release. The intense advertising campaign waged by Carleton resulted in massive sales for Les Mis?rables, solidifying Hugo's epic in second place (behind only Uncle Tom's Cabin) in pre-Civil War American book sales. Bookseller Inventory # 13008

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Les Miserables (5 Volumes including Fantine, Cosette,: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher, New York (1862)

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Item Description: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings with Carleton as publisher on ALL the title pages with 1862 printed in Roman Numerals in each book. A beautiful set. This complete set of 5 volumes is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. This set was issued in brown and blue cloth as First Editions. Volume 1 and 4 are in Blue Cloth and 2, 3, and 5 are in the brown cloth. The books are in excellent shape. The bindings are tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a wonderful set in collector's condition. We buy Victor Hugo First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15102074460

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Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher, New York (1862)

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Item Description: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings with 1862 printed in Roman Numerals on the title pages with Carleton as publisher. An attractive five volume set bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth with minor repair. The books are in nice condition. The bindings are tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. Overall, a lovely set of these First Editions housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation with custom acetate dustjackets protecting each book. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15102074103

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Les Miserables (in 5 Volumes): I. Fantine;: Hugo, Victor
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Item Description: New York: Carleton, 1862. First Edition in English. The first edition in English of Hugo's magisterial work, published in five volumes. The biography by his wife Adele Hugo, was issued in 1863 as a companion volume, because -- as the publisher's note observes -- "the Great Romance is a part of the life of Victor Hugo and cannot be fully understood without it." All six volumes are translated by Charles Edwin Wilbour. Althuogh uniform in design, the volumes are bound in different colors -- ninetheenth centuy publishers were generally haphazard about such matters. Volumes I and II are in terracotta cloth, Volume III is in green cloth, Volumes IV and V are in dark brown cloth. The life of Hugo is in light brown cloth. The condition of volumes I to IV is generally very good or better, with some wear especially to the corners. Volume V is in lesser condition, with surface wear to the cloth, and loss to the front gutter. The faults of Volume V are mitigated by its extraordinary provenance: the book bears an inscription on the front free endpaper from Union calvalry commander Colonel George Eliphaz Spencer (1836-1893) to his wife, Bella Z. Spencer (1840-1867), who appended her ownership signature to the first blank. Mrs. Spencer was the author of TRIED AND TRUE, OR, LOVE AND LOYALTY, A STORY OF THE GREAT REBELLION (1866), and other works based on her experiences as a soldier's wife. Her first book was inspired by meeting Southern refugees while accompanying her husband on campaigns in Tennessee and Alabama, at Paducah and the battle of Shiloh. As she wrote, "Sickness, want, even starvation came upon [the Refugees], when the hand of humanity was withheld. They were compelled to leave their homes, and wander friendless through the land." One imagines that Jean Valjean's struggles to maintain his humanity in a brutal and violent world must have held a special resonance for those who, like the Spencers, read Hugo amid the devastation of the Civil War. In all, a very appealing set of this literary and cultural landmark. Bookseller Inventory # 17673

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HUGO, VICTOR

Published by CARLETON, NEW YORK (1862)

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Item Description: CARLETON, NEW YORK, 1862. LEATHER MULTI. Book Condition: FAIR. First Ed. 5X9". Charles E. Wilbour. New York: Carleton Publishing Company. June 1862. The first American translation, published only months after the French edition of the novel was released; *Fantine 1-171 pages, Cosette 1-164, Marious 1-150 pages, Saint Denis 1-184 pages, Jean ValJean 1-165 pages LEATHER RAISED RIBBED SPINE;EX-LIBRARY; OCTAVO; MARBLED PAPER ON BOARDS IS HEAVILY SCUFFED; SPINE WORN ALONG HINGES; REMNANTS OF CALL NUMBER LABEL ON SPINE. cORNERS ARE LEATHER ARE ARE WORN. mARBLED END PAPERS ARE TORN ALONG HINGES. rEMNANTS OF POCKET AND STICKER ON REAR END PAPER. fOXING ON FIRST FEW AND LAST FEW PAGES. tEXT IS CLEAN. TRANSLATED BY CHARLES E. WILBOUR. TEXT IS IN ENGLISH DATE PUBLISHED: 1862 EDITION: First Ed. Bookseller Inventory # 073622

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HUGO, VICTOR.

Published by Brussels: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Co, 1862 (1862)

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Item Description: Brussels: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Co, 1862, 1862. First Edition; ten volumes; bound in contemporary half-calf and marbled boards; marbled endpapers; gilt decorated spines; morocco labels. Some rubbing and scattered foxing; an attractive set. The Paris edition was published a few days later. Bookseller Inventory # 33099

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Les misérables: HUGO Victor

HUGO Victor

Published by A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven (1862)

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Item Description: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven, 1862. Couverture rigide. - A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven, Bruxelles 1862, Fort in-8 (14,5x23cm), 10 tomes en 5 volumes reliés. - Véritable édition originale parue quelques jours avant celle de Paris, sans mention d'édition, ce qui est rare. Elle diffère quelque peu de l'édition parisienne, notamment par ses pages de titres en noir, et ses tables établies en 5 parties, détaillant deux tomes, ce qui peut orienter le relieur comme ici à relier l'ensemble en 5 livres et non en dix. Reliures en demi maroquin chocolat d'époque. Dos à 4 nerfs ornés de roulettes en queue et tête, de double filet dorés sur les nerfs, et de filets à froid entre les nerfs. Légères traces de frottement. Une rayure au dernier caisson du tome 3-4. Plats frottés. Brunissures éparses, notamment au début de chaque tome, puis plus rares sur l'ensemble. Une bordure en partie dénudée sur le plat supérieur du dernier tome. Une signature sur quelques faux-titres. Bel exemplaire en demi maroquin d'époque. On affirmait autrefois que l'édition de Paris avait été censurée et qu'elle différait de l'édition belge ; on sait aujourd'hui qu'il n'en est rien, et que c'est Hugo qui a lui-même diffusé ces bruits ne pouvant croire qu'à Paris, certains passages ne seraient pas ôtés. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] first edition published a few days before that of Paris, without edition statement. It differs somewhat from the Paris edition, including its pages in black titles, and tables established 5 parts, detailing two volumes, which can guide the bookbinder here as to link all 5 books and not ten. Binders half morocco chocolate contemporary. Back to 4 nerves decorated with wheels and tail head, double gold thread on the nerves, and blind fillets between nerves. Slight traces of friction. A scratch the last box of volume 3-4. rubbed flat. Brunissures scattered, especially at the beginning of each volume and more rare on the whole. Beautiful copy in half morocco contemporary. Bookseller Inventory # 52811

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HUGO, VICTOR.

Published by Brussels: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Co, 1862 (1862)

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Item Description: Brussels: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Co, 1862, 1862. First Edition; ten volumes; bound in contemporary half-morocco and cloth boards; marbled endpapers; gilt decorated spines; bookplates; small name stamps at the top of the title pages; some rubbing; a very good set. The Paris edition was published a few days later. Bookseller Inventory # 33098

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Les Miserables: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher (1862)

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Item Description: Carleton, Publisher, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First American edition, first printing, complete in five volumes. A complete set, ranging from Good to Very Good, with sunning to spines (one volume is less sunned than the others), cloth chipped at spine ends and frayed at corners, with varying degrees of mottling, sunning and rubbing across volumes; bookplates to front paste down of three volumes, pages show light age staining, several volumes show old tidemarks to early pages; Volume IV has an exposed hinge at the title page, and rear hinge to Volume I is exposed as well. A nice set. Bookseller Inventory # 160630011

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Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, New York (1862)

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From: Row By Row Bookshop (Sugar Grove, NC, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Carleton, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First U.S. Edition. A Good copy in three-quarter brown leather lettered in gold over brown pebbled cloth. Marbled endpapers, raised bands at the spine. There is repair to the leather in the first compartment (no lettering there), and the external front spine hinge is worn and now protected with a mylar cover. The internal binding is sound. The paper has tanned, but the text is legible and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 031998

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Hugo, Victor

Published by New York: Carleton (1862)

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Item Description: New York: Carleton, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The first US edition in five volumes. Hardcover, bound in publisher's tan and brown cloth. Moderate wear, the binding with some fraying at the corners, the text with the occasional blemish and light scattered foxing, generally confined to the endpapers. Bookseller Inventory # JRS-H12-73

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