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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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Hugo, Victor

Published by Carleton (1862)

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About this Item: Carleton, 1862. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: 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 (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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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 [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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Les Miserables: Hugo, Victor

Hugo, Victor

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

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About this Item: A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, 1862. Hardcover. 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. 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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Les Misérables A Novel. Translated from the: HUGO, Victor.

HUGO, Victor.

Published by New York: Carleton (late Rudd & Carleton), 1862 (1862)

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About this Item: New York: Carleton (late Rudd & Carleton), 1862, 1862. 5 volumes in 1, octavo (228 x 140 mm). Contemporary half calf, red morocco label, compartments ruled in blind and gilt, raised bands elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled paper boards, brown endpapers, marbled edges. Bound without the publisher's notices to the front and the rear advertisements as often. Extremities a little worn, hinges gently cracked but firm, contents lightly tanned with occasional minor spotting and two nicks to upper edges of leaves 9.7 and 10.6 of Saint Denis, otherwise a very good copy. Printed in double column. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper dated 1902, faint ownership signature to title page of Saint Denis. First US edition and first edition in English of Les Misérables, published within months of the first French edition. Carleton Publishing Company advertised Charles E. Wilbour's translation of Hugo's masterpiece as "the acknowledged literary event of the century" in the New York Times, and each of the five individual volumes was offered at 50 cents in paper covers and $1.00 in the original cloth binding (Moore, p. 240). The authorised British translation by Lascelles Wraxall appeared several months later in October 1862. See Olin H. Moore, "Some Translations of Les Misérables", Modern Language Notes, Vol. 74, No. 3 (March 1959), pp. 240–6. Seller Inventory # 120046

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HUGO (Victor)

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

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About this Item: Paris, Pagnerre [A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie], 1862, 1862. Couverture rigide. Condition: Très bon. 1ère édition. 10 vol. in-8 (22,2 x 14,2 cm), demi-veau noir à petits coins, sur brochures, dos lisses ornés, titre, auteur et tomaison dorés, papier mabré bleu 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, grand de marges (22,2 x 14,2 cm), exempt de rousseurs. Habiles et dsicrètes restaurations. Provenance : Georges Vandaele (ex-libris). 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. Seller Inventory # 5454

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Hugo, Victor:

Published by Leipzig, Steinacker, 1862. (1862)

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About this Item: Leipzig, Steinacker, 1862., 1862. Kl. 8°. Rote Original-Leineneinbände. Vicaire IV,328; Michaux, L'edition originale des "Misérables", 110-116. Erste Ausgabe eines seiner Meisterwerke, an dem er beinahe 20 Jahre gearbeitet hatte. Diese Ausgabe erschien gleichzeitig in Brüssel und Leipzig in den letzten Märztagen des Jahres 1862, aber mit unterschiedlichem Impressum. Wenig später, in den ersten Apriltagen, erschien die erste Ausgabe in Frankreich. Kollation: (2), IV, (4), 316; (8), 340; (4), 316; VIII, 282; (4), 278, (2); VIII, 266; (4), 396; VIII, 362, (2); (4), 324; VIII, 305 SS. Unser Exemplar ist vollständig und in den roten Verlagseinbänden. In Band 6 wurde eine abgerissene Ecke in der Vorrede unterlegt, ebenso beim ersten Textblatt des achten Bandes - beide ohne Textverluste. Meist zu Beginn und gegen Schluß etwas stockfleckig, selten zwischendurch. Alle zehn Bände tragen auf den fliegenden Vorsätzen einen handschriftlichen Vorbesitzereintrag. Selten. Seller Inventory # 19729

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