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Les Misérables: Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

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

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Item Description: 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). Bookseller Inventory # NM00058

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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 Miserables 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 Miserables, 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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HUGO (Victor)

Published by Paris, Pagnerre (Imprimerie J.Claye), 1862 (1862)

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Item Description: Paris, Pagnerre (Imprimerie J.Claye), 1862, 1862. Edition originale française, mise en vente à Paris le 3 avril 1862. En regard du texte on lit Editeurs A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie Bruxelles. L'édition belge a paru le 30 ou 31 mars 1862, quelques jours avant l'édition de Paris. Contrairement a ce qui a été prétendu, l'édition originale française que nous proposons ne comporte aucune différence pour le texte avec son homologue Belge. Rare exemplaire renfermant la suite des 26 tirages albuminés mise en vente la même année par la maison Lacroix pour l'illustration du texte. Cette suite contient un portrait de Victor Hugo et 25 scènes et types d'après le dessins de G. Brion (Photographies de Faucheur et Danelle). Montées sur Chine dans l'album original, les photographies albuminées sont ici rapportées hors-texte sur papier fort. Clouzot, 150. Vicaire, 328 - 329. Talvart, IX 39 - 40. Six coiffes légèrement frottées et rousseurs éparses comme toujours mais très charmant exemplaire dans un parfait et simple modèle de reliure romantique. Cinq parties en 10 volumes in-8, demi-chagrin prune, dos à faux-nerfs ornés. Reliure de l'époque. Bookseller Inventory # 13CGL139

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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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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. 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. 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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HUGO, Victor.

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

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Item Description: Brussels: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, 1862, 1862. 10 volumes, octavo (226 × 138 mm). Contemporary or near-contemporary black calico cloth, printed paper spine-labels. Rubbed, a very good set. First edition, the great photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's copy, with her ownership inscription dated October 1863 at the head of the title page of Vol. I. A further pencilled marginilia in her hand on page 57 records "Oct. 16th, Olympe Boyer", perhaps relating to its acquisition. A fascinating association copy, reflecting a mutual admiration between Cameron and Hugo. The date is two months before Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera, a gift from her daughter and son-in-law: "It may amuse you, Mother, to try to photograph during your solitude at Freshwater." Cameron was then 48 years old, a mother of six, and a deeply religious, well-read, somewhat eccentric friend of many of Victorian England's greatest minds, living on the Isle of Wight, in a house in Freshwater called Dimbola, after one of her husband's estates in Ceylon. She was well versed in French, her mother, Adeline de l'Étang, having come from a family of French aristocrats. She had an informal and unconventional education, chiefly with her French grandmother in Versailles. At the time of her acquisition of this copy, Victor Hugo was living in the Channel Islands, enduring a long 19-year exile. He moved to Guernsey where he acquired Hauteville House in 1856. Les Misérables was completed there. Knowing Hugo's interest in photography, Julia Margaret Cameron delivered 29 portraits to him at Hauteville House in the late 1860s and early 1870s. "No one has ever captured the rays of the sun and used them as you have," he wrote. "I throw myself at your feet". Later title pages in this copy have the undated ownership inscriptions of Julia Margaret Camerson's youngest son Hardinge Hay Cameron (1846–1911) and all volumes have the family surname added in manuscript along the fore edges. Julia Margaret Cameron died in January 1879 in Ceylon, where Hardinge was with the Ceylon Civil Service, and it seems likely that he added his name to the set after her death. He may have commissioned the binding, which has the appearance of bindings from the Indian subcontinent of that period. The title pages have their respective volume-numbers pencilled in English, perhaps a necessary instruction to binders not familiar with the French language of the original. The Brussels edition of Les Misérables has precedence as the first, as the first two volumes were published in Brussels on 30 or 31 March 1862, preceding the Paris edition by four or five days. The remaining volumes appeared on 15 May 1862. Bookseller Inventory # 110931

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Les misérables: HUGO Victor

HUGO Victor

Published by A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie (1862)

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Item Description: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie, 1862. Couverture rigide. - A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie, 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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Les Miserables: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

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

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Item Description: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, 1862. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: 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. Bookseller Inventory # 160731001

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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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HUGO (Victor)

Published by Paris, Pagnerre [A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie], 1862 (1862)

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Item Description: Paris, Pagnerre [A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie], 1862, 1862. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon. 1ère édition. 10 vol. in-8 (22 x 14,4 cm), demi-chagrin noir à petits coins, sur brochures, dos à nerfs, encadrements et fleurons dorés dans les caissons, titre, auteur et tomaison dorés, papier moucheté sur les plats, gardes de papier rocaille (reliure de l'époque), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), II pp. (Préface), 1 f. n. ch. (autre faux-titre), 355 pp. (Tome I, Première partie - Fantine I), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 382 pp. (Tome II, Première partie - Fantine II), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 358 pp. (Tome III, Deuxième partie - Cosette I), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 318 pp. (Tome IV, Deuxième partie - Cosette II), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 320 pp. (Tome V, Troisième partie - Marius I), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 297 pp., 1 f. blanc (contrecollé sur le feuillet de garde) (Tome VI, Troisième partie - Marius I), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 432 pp. (Tome VII, Quatrième partie - L'Idylle rue Plumet et l'épopée sur Saint-Denis, I), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 399 pp. (Tome VIII, Quatrième partie - L'Idylle rue Plumet et l'épopée sur Saint-Denis, II), 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 400 pp. (Tome IX, Cinquième partie - Jean Valjean, I) et 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre, titre), 311 pp. (Tome X, Cinquième partie - Jean Valjean, II). Édition originale parisienne de ce chef-d'oeuvre de la littérature universelle. «Depuis Les Misérables (1862) jusqu'à la fin de l'Empire, les oeuvres originales de Victor Hugo ont été simultanément publiées à Paris et à Bruxelles, et [.] c'est toujours l'édition française qui doit être considérée comme l'édition originale, [l'auteur] ne corrigeant que les épreuves de cette édition» (Vicaire, IV, 328-329) Très bel exemplaire de première émission (tous les titres vierges de mention d'édition) en reliure strictement d'époque, sur brochures (ce qui facilite grandement l'ouverture et la lecture), grand de marges (22 x 14,4 cm). Quelques rares et pâles rousseurs. Les volumes comportent une double tomaison (i.e. de I à X pour les Misérables et de 17 à 26 en tomaison générale, ces 10 volumes étant extraits d'un ensemble d'Oeuvres de Victor Hugo). Vaste fresque historique de la France du milieu du XIXe siècle et vigoureux réquisitoire social, ce roman fut publié alors que Victor Hugo (1802-1885) était en exil à Guernesey. L'éditeur bruxellois Albert Lacroix était venu en acheter le manuscrit en 1861 pour la somme faramineuse de 300 000 francs alors même que le texte n'était pas encore achevé. L'ouvrage parut quasi simultanément à Paris, Bruxelles, Leipzig, Londres, Milan, Madrid et jusqu'à Rio de Janeiro. Il fut et demeure jusqu'aujourd'hui un immense succès d'édition. Livre d'occasion. Bookseller Inventory # 4706

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