The Hunchback, or Bell Ringer of Notre Dame
4th English edition, from the library of The Duchess of Clevelend
Fourth English edition, hardback rebound in half-leather with simple gilt titling and linear design to spine, marbled covered boards.17 × 10.5cm, 450pp. Illustrated with three plates on zinc by A Butler (frontis, p320 and p398, though the last bound in at p405) and a vignette title page.
Not signed as such but this copy carries the bookplate of Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland, the English historian and genealogist. She died in 1901 and this bookplate states "From the Books of The Duchess of Cleveland 1901"
Set in 1482, Victor Hugo’s powerful novel of ‘imagination, caprice and fantasy’ is a meditation on love, fate, architecture and politics, as well as a compelling recreation of the medieval world at the dawn of the modern age. In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.
This copy is in very good condition with light wear. The leather is slightly rubbed to the joints and the corners. The pages are mostly clean throughout with just occasional spotting and marking. The inner binding is sound but pulled quite heavily at the last page 448/449. Page 449 also has a small segment missing fro the top outer corner but there is no loss of text. A very decent copy.
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