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HUGO, Victor.

Les Misérables.

Authorised English Translation (copyright).

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London, Hurst and Blackett, 1862

A finely bound first English edition set of the classic French historical novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo; a remarkably rare edition, with no other sets we could find coming up for auction and only two copies recorded on COPAC (Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin).

Considered one of the great novels of the 19th century, Les Misérables combines elements from French history with powerful moral and socio-political themes that still resonate to this day. This has led to numerous adaptations, most famously the musical version, as well as the more recent BBC adaptation.

The translator of this edition, Sir Charles Lascelles Wraxall, had been recommended to Victor Hugo by his fellow French writer Alphonse Esquiros, and the translation was received favourably, particularly in comparison to the more common first American edition. The New York Daily Times wrote, 'To say that this English translation is much better than the American one, is

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First English edition; 3 vols, 8vo; half-title, occasional scattered foxing or light finger-marking, small ink name to blank verso of marbled front free endpaper; 19th century half calf with marbled boards, spines elaborately gilt compartments within raised bands, a few light scuffs but overall an attractive, neat set.


Only 2 copies listed on COPAC.

Stock ID:99112

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