Notre-Dame de Paris
1884, 2 volumes, nouvelle edition, in a half-vellum binding
Nouvelle Edition. Two volumes, hardbacks in half-vellum binding, with contrasting leather title label and gilt decoration to spine. Page edges dyed red. Each 18 × 11.5cm, vii + 340pp, 398pp. French text.
Victor Hugo's classic story, first published in 1831. The grotesque hunchback Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame, owes his life to the austere archdeacon, Claude Frollo, who in turn is bound by a hopeless passion to the gypsy dancer Esmeralda. She, meanwhile, is bewitched by a handsome, empty-headed officer, but by an unthinking act of kindness wins Quasimodo's selfless devotion. Behind the central figures moves a pageant of picturesque characters, ranging from the cruel, superstitious king, Louis XI, to the underworld of beggars and petty criminals. These disreputable truands' night-time assault on the cathedral is one of the most spectacular set-pieces of Romantic literature.
An attractive set but with some wear. the volume are tightly bound and don't open fully without some effort, and the binding at the beginning of volume one is starting to crack but is still attached. The pages a little tanned. The vellum has is a little tanned, and the marbled paper covered boards a bit scratched but otherwise good.