[COMPLETE WORKS OF VICTOR HUGO including:] THE NOVELS COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED OF VICTOR HUGO.

(New York: George H. Richmond and Co., 1893-1897).

A LOVELY SET OF THESE MASTERWORKS BY VICTOR HUGO, AND SURPRISINGLY ELUSIVE IN THIS COMPLETE FORMAT. A very pleasing edition of Hugo?s timeless classics, the bindings are especially attractive. The multi-volume format makes these monumental stories approachable and convenient.
LES MISERABLES, 'the novel is the story of Jean Valjean, who stole a loaf of bread to feed some hungry children and paid for his act by years of misfortune. It is a story filled with the emotions of life. The principal characters are Jean Valjean, Javert the detective, Marius the student and lover, Cosette who became the foster daughter of Jean Valjean and the Thénardiers with their genius for evil. Robert Louis Stevenson said of it, that ?there are few books in the world that can be compared with it?.?
NOTRE DAME OF PARIS (THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME) Hugo?s story of the lonely hunchback is, without question one of the great books of world literature. The author penned his story after a visit to Notre-Dame during which, while exploring every corner of the ancient cathedral, he discovered in a dark corner in one of the towers, a word in Greek capital letters, engraved upon the wall, in characters black with age and cut deeply into the stone. From images and mind, Hugo created this extraordinary tale full of history and dense with age.
THE TOILERS OF THE SEA, known to most Americans as the ?Sea Devils?was brought to screen as a major motion picture starring Rock Hudson and Yvonne De Carlo.
The work is a story dedicated to the island of Guernsey, where Hugo spent 15 years in exile. It concerns a Guernseyman named Gilliatt, a social outcast who falls in love with Deruchette, the niece of a local ship-owner, Mess Lethierry. When Lethierry's ship is wrecked on the Roches Douvres, a perilous reef, Deruchette promises to marry whoever can salvage the ship's steam engine. Gilliatt eagerly volunteers, and the story follows both his physical trials and tribulations (including a battle with an octopus), as well as the undeserved opprobrium of his neighbors. The novel is set in the period just after the Napoleonic Wars, and also deals with the impact of the Industrial Revolution upon the Island. Item #30346

28 volumes. A finely printed and illustrated edition of the novels. Including: Les Miserables (10 vols.); Notre Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) (4 vols.); The Toilers of the Sea (4 vols.); Ninety-Three (2 vols.); Han of Iceland (2 vols.); The Laughing Man (4 vols.); Bug-Jargal (1 vol.); Last Day of a Condemned (1 vol.) With finely engraved illustrations on full-page plates throughout the volumes. 8vo, very handsomely bound in fine three-quarter polished calf over fine marbled paper covered boards of the period, the spines fully gilt decorated with elaborately tooled panels incorporating border and corner designs enclosing a fleurs-de-lys at the center of each panel gilt, contrasting red and dark-blue morocco lettering labels gilt, the end-leaves marbled and matching the covers, top edge gilt. A very fine, very handsome and fresh set. The text is perfectly clean, the illustrations beautifully preserved, the bindings are bright and without wear, they remain tight with all hinges solid and firm. An excellent set.

Price: $1,650.00