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Les Misérables. Authorized English translation (copyright). FIRST: HUGO, Victor.

HUGO, Victor.

Published by Hurst & Blackett. 1862 (1862)

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About this Item: Hurst & Blackett. 1862, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Half titles, 8pp ads vol. III. Orig. purple pebble-grained cloth, borders blocked in blind, spines blocked & lettered in gilt; v. sl. rubbing to spines. Booklabel of Christopher C. Geest in each vol. A v.g. bright set in custom-made green cloth foldover box. Les Misérables, 1862; begun in 1845, but interrupted by the Revolution of 1848. The FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, translated by F.C.L. Wraxhall, published simultaneously with the first French edition. According to Davidson, editions appeared concurrently in Paris, Brussels, London, Leipzig, Milan, Madrid, Perth & Rotterdam. See Wolff 3339 & 3339a. Only two copies listed on Copac, at Cambridge and TCD; the BL does however record a copy. OCLC adds NLS and five copies in the States. Seller Inventory # 71242

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Hugo, Victor

Published by Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, Bruxelles (1862)

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About this Item: Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, Bruxelles, 1862. Scarce first printing of this classic work of literature, published in Brussels on the 30th or 31st March 1862. Large octavos, contemporary calf, gilt decorated compartments to the spine, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. The question of priority has been intensely debated in bibliographic circles for years. The findings of Michaux and Lacretelle definitively established primacy of this edition over the one distributed four or five days later in Paris by Pagnerre. The initial confusion stemmed from two sources: first was the prominent appearance of Pagnerre's name--and none other--in the French edition as a "Libraire-editeur," when in fact he was a distributing agent only; second was general acceptance of Vicaire's claim that Hugo corrected only from the proofs for the French edition. Michaux postulated that Hugo used the Belgian editions of his works as models for the Parisian printings. To ensure publication in France, Hugo was forced to amputate certain phrases from Les Mis?rables that would have offended the French censor. Lacretelle later confirmed Michaux's hypothesis. With the bookplates of Witley Court. Witley Court in Worcestershire, England is an Italianate mansion that was built for the Foleys in the seventeenth century on the site of a former manor house, it was enormously expanded in the early nineteenth century by the architect John Nash. Subsequently sold to the Earls of Dudley, a second massive reconstruction by the architect Samuel Daukes took place in the mid nineteenth century, creating one of the great pleasure palaces of Victorian and Edwardian England and contained a large library. Volume IV is the First Paris Edition. The "Septi?me" Edition" on the title page was spurious and meant to help boost sales. Rare and desirable with noted provenance. 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. Seller Inventory # 43015

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Les Misérables: Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

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

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About this Item: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Co., Brussels, 1862. First edition. VICTOR HUGO'S LES MISÉRABLES. IN THE VERY RARE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. 10 vols. octavo (235 × 150 mm.), pp. [11], 405, [1]; [7], 443, [1]; [9], 402; [7], 366; [9], 357, [3]; [7], 346; [9], 490; [7], 466, [2]; [9], 447, [1]; [7], 355, [1]. With an illustration in the text in vol. 4 and 2 pp. of publisher's advertisements at the end of vol. 5. In the original blue-grey printed wrappers. A few minor spots, stains and marginal tears. Wrappers slightly worn, chipped at edges, and stained; minor abrasions on the upper covers and spines of vols 5-7 with volume numbers in contemporary manuscript in ink; spines slightly darkened; a few minor old paper repairs; volume numbers in contemporary manuscript in blue chalk at the foot of each spine. A very good set. In two folding cloth archival boxes. FIRST EDITION of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, one of the great works of European literature, in the very rare original wrappers. With the original publisher's advertisement leaf announcing this as the first edition at the end of vol. 5. A remarkable survival, tall and uncut, with the wrappers very well preserved. THE TRUE FIRST EDITION The first edition, published in Brussels, appeared for sale on 31 March 1826; this was followed by an edition published by Pagnerre in Paris a few days later. The relative priority of these two editions was the subject of some debate, until, in 1930, Flavien Michaux definitively proved that the Brussels edition was first (see Michaux pp. 61-68, and Talvart & Place vol. 9 pp. 39-40). Hugo, working in exile in Guernsey, corrected the proofs of the Brussels edition, and the Brussels edition then served as the text on which the Paris edition was based. The publisher's advertisement leaf for Les Misérables at the end of vol. 5 (present in this copy) announces this as the first edition: "Seule édition originale et de propriété, imprimée avec grand soin sur beau papier cavalier in-8vo." The novel appeared in parts over successive months: 10 volumes in all, divided into five parts, each of two volumes, issued in blue-grey printed wrappers. In the present set volumes 1-6 and 10 have the title, part-title, volume numbers, and publisher's details printed on the wrappers. Volumes 7-9 have the title and publishers's details only printed on the wrappers, with the volume numbers partially written out in ink in a contemporary hand. It is not clear why the wrappers of these two volumes vary from those of the other volumes: they must either have been issued like this, or they are a variant form. Certainly all the volumes are bound as issued. So far there has been no analysis of the first edition bindings of Les Misérables, but this is perhaps understandable given that so few examples in wrappers appear to have survived. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. PROVENANCE: (1) Small early private library stamp in the upper margin of the upper wrapper, vol. 1. (2) Two contemporary annotations in ink noting errors in the text regarding military equipment. LITERATURE: Michaux, F. Essais Bibliographiques. Paris, 1930. Talvart, H. & Place, J. Bibliographie des auteurs modernes de langue française. Paris, 1935. Michaux pp. 61-68. Talvart & Place IX 59. Copies in the original wrappers are very rare on the market. ABPC (1975-2015) records only two examples at auction. The last copy in wrappers at auction that we can trace sold for 36,000 euros (Godts, 11/12/2012, wrappers chipped in places). Seller Inventory # NM00058

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Les Miserables: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First American edition and first edition in English. Publisher's green cloth decorated in blind, with titles and decorations in gilt on spines, complete in five volumes. Near Fine with light rubbing to corners and bruising to spine ends, light sporadic wear to cloth. Pages lightly toned. A superior set of the first American edition of one of Victor Hugo's best known works. One would be hard-pressed to find a nicer set. Seller Inventory # 180531012

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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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About this Item: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-15102074460

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Les Miserables.: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. First American edition and first edition in English of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. Complete in five large 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 condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. Uncommon in this condition. 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. Seller Inventory # 13008

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Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, Publisher, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1862. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-15102074103

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Les Miserables: HUGO, VICTOR

HUGO, VICTOR

Published by Carleton Publishing Company, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton Publishing Company, New York, 1862. Original cloth. Condition: Very Good. First edition in English. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION AND FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH; complete in five volumes in original publisher's cloth. Inspired by the huge success of Les Miserables in France, the Carleton Publishing Company hired Charles E. Wilbour to translate Hugo's masterpiece into English. Wilbour worked very quickly, and the first edition in English appeared within months of the French release. It was an instant hit with the American public, trailing in popularity only Uncle Tom's Cabin in antebellum book sales in the U.S. Translated from the Original French by Chas. E. Wilbour. New York: Carleton Publishing Company, 1862. Octavo, original publisher's reddish-brown embossed cloth. Five volumes (complete). Housed in custom box. Volume 1 (Fantine) with foxing (as often) and fading to cloth spine and edges. Other volumes with text generally clean. All volumes with wear to cloth spine ends and edges. With rear ads in four volumes (as issued). A very good set, rare in the original cloth. Seller Inventory # 2122

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Oeuvres complètes. - Les misérables. - Victor: HUGO Victor

HUGO Victor

Published by Houssiaux|& Pagnerre|& Librairie internationale Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie|& (1862)

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About this Item: Houssiaux|& Pagnerre|& Librairie internationale Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie|&, 1862. Couverture rigide. - Houssiaux & Pagnerre & Librairie internationale Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie & , Paris 1862-1872, 14,5x23cm, 40 volumes reliés. - Rare ensemble des oeuvres de Victor Hugo comprenant une édition collective, illustrée de vignettes, de ses premiers textes parus chez Houssiaux en 1869 pour les 18 premiers volumes et 7 textes en édition originale (avec mention ou sans mention d'édition) pour les 22 autres volumes composant notre série. Reliures en chagrin rouge, dos à cinq nerfs sertis de filets dorés et ornés de doubles caissons dorés, frises dorés en têtes et en queues, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papiers à la cuve, couvertures conservées, ex-libris encollés sur les contreplats, reliures de l'époque. Rare ensemble, en reliure uniforme de l'époque et tomé de 1 à 40, constitué des 18 volumes des oeuvres complètes illustrées de Victor Hugo parus chez Houssiaux et tomés de 1 à 18 ; puis poursuivi par les éditions originales, avec ou sans mention, des textes suivant : "Les misérables" édités en 10 volumes en 1862 chez Pagnerre à Paris (avec mention pour chacun des volumes) et tomés de 19 à 28 ; "Victor Hugo raconté par un témoin de sa vie" (sans mention) édité en deux volumes chez Lacroix en 1863 formant les tomes 29 et 30 de cet ensemble ; "William Shakespeare" paru chez Lacroix en 1864 (sans mention) tomé 31 ; "Les chansons des rues et des bois", toujours chez Lacroix, en 1866 "avec mention) formant le tome 32 ; "Les travailleurs de la mer" chez Lacroix en 1866 (sans mention) et comprenant les tomes 33, 34 et 35 de notre ensemble ; "L'homme qui rit" imprimé en 1869 chez Lacroix (sans mention) constituant les tomes 36, 37, 38 et 39 ; et, enfin, "L'année terrible" chez Lévy en 1872 (avec mention) tomé 40 et achevant notre série. Quelques petites rousseurs sans gravité et épidermures sur certains plats. Agréable série en reliure uniforme de l'époque provenant de la bibliothèque avec son ex-libris gravé "Plus penser que dire" et encollés sur le contreplat de chacun des volumes. [AUTOMATIC ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] Seltene Sammlung von Werken von Victor Hugo, einschließlich einer mit Vignetten illustrierten Sammelausgabe seiner ersten von Houssiaux 1869 für die ersten 18 Bände und 7 Texte in Originalausgabe (mit Erwähnung oder ohne Erwähnung der Ausgabe) für die anderen 22 veröffentlichten Texte Volumen, die unsere Serie zusammensetzen. Ein Binden in rotem Schmerz, Rücken mit fünf Nerven, besetzt mit vergoldeten Netzen und geschmückt mit doppelten vergoldeten Kästchen, Goldfriesen in Kopf und Zahl, marmorierte Pappteller, Wachen und Contreplats aus Büttenpapier, konservierte Briefe, aufgeklebtes Exlibris Contreplats, Bindungen der Zeit. Seltene Serie, verbindliche Uniform der Zeit und Tomé von 1 bis 40, bestehend aus 18 Bänden von illustrierten vollständigen Werken von Victor Hugo in Houssiaux und Tomés 1 bis 18 veröffentlicht; dann fortgesetzt durch die Originalausgabeen Ausgaben, mit oder ohne Erwähnung, die folgenden Texte: "Les miserables" veröffentlicht in 10 Bänden 1862 bei Pagnerre in Paris (mit Erwähnung für jeden Band) und tomés von 19 bis 28; "Victor Hugo erzählt von einem Zeugen seines Lebens" (ohne Erwähnung), veröffentlicht in zwei Bänden von Lacroix im Jahre 1863, die die Bände 29 und 30 dieses Satzes bilden; "William Shakespeare" von Lacroix 1864 (ohne Erwähnung) Tomé 31; "Die Lieder der Straßen und Wälder", immer noch in Lacroix, 1866 "mit Erwähnung", das Band 32 "Die Seearbeiter" in Lacroix 1866 (ohne Erwähnung) und einschließlich der Bände 33, 34 und 35 von unser Satz: "Der Mann, der lacht" druckte 1869 in Lacroix (ohne Erwähnung) die Bände 36, 37, 38 und 39 und schließlich "Das schreckliche Jahr" in Lévy 1872 (mit Erwähnung) tomé 40 und vervollständigen unsere Serie. Einige kleine Sommersprossen ohne Schwerkraft und Schrammen bei einigen Gerichten. Schöne Serie in einheitlicher Bindung der Zeit. Seller Inventory # 64877

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HUGO, VICTOR

Published by CARLETON, NEW YORK (1862)

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About this Item: CARLETON, NEW YORK, 1862. LEATHER MULTI. Condition: FAIR. First Ed. 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. Seller Inventory # 073622

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Les Miserables (in 5 Volumes): I. Fantine;: Hugo, Victor /

Hugo, Victor / [George E. and Bella Z. Spencer]

Published by New York: Carleton, (1862)

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About this Item: 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. Although uniform in design, the volumes are bound in different colors -- nineteenth-century publishers were generally haphazard about such matters. Volumes I and II are in terracotta cloth, volume III is in green, volumes IV and V are in dark brown. 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 cavalry 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. Seller Inventory # 17673

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LES MISERABLES [FIVE VOLUMES]: Hugo, Victor; Wilbour,

Hugo, Victor; Wilbour, Charles E. [translator]

Published by Carleton Publishing Company, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton Publishing Company, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Octavos, 5 volumes; VG-; bound in publisher's burgundy cloth boards, all volumes recently repaired, with segments of each spine missing; moderate rubbing to boards; faded gilt spine titles; small gift inscription on ffep of each volume; This set was issued in multiple colors of cloth as First Editions, this set is uniform in the brown cloth; 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).; consignment; shelved case 2. 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 Misérables, solidifying Hugo's epic in second place (behind only Uncle Tom's Cabin) in pre-Civil War American book sales.; Dupont. First American Edition and First Edition in English. Seller Inventory # 9-3-1293059

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HUGO, Victor.

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About this Item: 1862. ~I~New York. Carleton. 1862. 8vo., 5 volumes in original blind stamped cloth. Lettering on spines dulled, 4 volumes with the bookplate of William G Abbot, spines slightly sunned otherwise a very good set. First American edition and first edition in English translated from the French by Chas. E Wilbour. 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 Misà rables, solidifying Hugo's epic in second place (behind only Uncle Tom's Cabin) in pre-Civil War American book sales. Seller Inventory # 2102450

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Les Miserables: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

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

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About this Item: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, Brussels, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition. Very Good. Ten volumes bound in five. Half sheepskin binding, gilt stamping to spine, marbled end sheets; boards rubbed and edge worn. Title page to volume 8 lacking, hence printing uncertain. Foxing to pages and wear commensurate with age. The first two volumes of the Brussels edition were published several days before the Paris edition, giving it distinction as the first edition; the remaining volumes were published May 15, 1862. Seller Inventory # 160731001

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Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton, New York (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton, New York, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First English language edition. Five volumes. 171, (4, ads); 164, (4, ads); 150, (2, ads); 184; 165 (2, ads) pp. Hardcovers, bound in various shades of embossed brown cloth by Geo W. Alexander as issued. The bindings edge-worn with some fading and fraying to the cloth at the ends and along the fore-edge of volume one, volume two with a small hole in the spine; light foxing to the preliminary and end leaves, generally not affecting the text except for the occasional blemish. Seller Inventory # 46. 1/17-C

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