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Notre-Dame de Paris by  Victor HUGO - First - 1831 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books (SKU: 10588)

Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris

by HUGO, Victor

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1831 1st edition Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo French Literature Paris

"Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket."

― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The best-known and oft-considered greatest French writer is unarguably Victor Hugo. His romance novels and stories have withstood the test of language and time. One of Hugo's most popular stories is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'; a tale of a gypsy who catches the hearts of men including a hunchback named Quasimodo. This work has been transformed into dozens of stage, film, and television adaptations.

This extremely rare and valuable 1831 first edition is one of the most difficult pieces of French literature to obtain in first edition form. According to Carteret,

"this first edition is the rarest of all the author's works; it had a worldwide impact, and it's one of the most difficult to get from the Romantic period."

This edition specifies 'cinquieme edition' on the half-title. This is significant in that it was the fifth installment of the 1831 first edition print run which only included 275 copies per print run. Note this is not a fifth edition printing. Even examples with 'quatrieme' or 'troisime' on the title page are found for sale for between $12,000 to $15,000.

Item number: #10588

Price: $4950

HUGO, Victor

Notre-Dame de Paris

Paris: Charles Gosselin, Libraire., 1831. First edition. Cinquieme issue


· Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes

o Tome I

Vol. 1 – [10], [3]-322

Vol. 2 – [6], [3]-338

o Tome II

Vol. 3 – [6], [3]-226

Vol. 4 – [6], [3]-285, [3]

o Note: Engraved title pages by Tony Johannot

· References: Carteret 'Tresor du Bibliophile Romantique' I 402;

· Provenance: Handwritten – E. Leperé

· Language: French

· Binding: Leather; tight & secure

o Tome I – Visible repair at inner hinge

· Size: ~9in X 6in (22.5cm x 15cm)

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Notre-Dame de Paris
HUGO, Victor
Leather; tight & secure
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Charles Gosselin, Libraire
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1831 1st edition Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo French Literature Parisrare, antique, old, first edition, 1st state, provenance, signed, inscribed, dust jacket, vellum, manuscript, engravings, illustrations, leather, plates, maps, antiquarian

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