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Hurst and Blackett, Successors to Henry Colburn. London. 1863. THIRD ENGLISH EDITION. Three volumes. 8vo. (8 x 5.4 inches). Some foxing to just a few pages but overall very good throughout. Original publishers purple cloth bindings. Spines lettered and decorated in gilt, boards with blind-stamped decorative borders. Pale green endpapers. Corners, ends of spines, and hinges are a but rubbed and bumped. Inner hinges are cracked but all holding. Gilt on spines a little dulled but overall this is a very good set. Scarce in the publishers original cloth bindings. Published the year after both the original Brussels and first English editions, this is the last three decker edition. ------- This copy was once owned by the famous artist Briton Riviere (1840 - 1920). It is signed by him to the half title of each volume, and also has an autograph signed letter tipped into the front of volume 1, and a further ALS loosely inserted.
Considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, Les Miserables (translated variously from French as The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims) is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo. The story follows the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean from 1815 through the 1832 Rebellion in Paris. Les Miserables' beloved story of redemption encourages compassion and hope in the face of adversity and injustice. The epic novel is divided in five volumes, each of which is divided into several books and subdivided into chapters, totaling 48 books and 365 chapters. Les Miserables, as a whole, is one the longest novels ever written with about 1,500 pages in unabridged English editions and 1,900 pages in French. Les Misérables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations, such as the stage musical of the same name, sometimes abbreviated "Les Mis".
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