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Le Chevalier D'Harmental

By Dumas, Alexandre




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Le Chevalier d'Harmental [The Conspirators]

Dumas, Alexandre

Paris: Dumont, 1842. First Edition. 1/2 calf. Very good. 4 vols. 1st edition. Reed's bibliography (A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas Père, 1933, 1974) lists Dumont's 1843 Paris imprint of this title as the 1st edition, so he didn't have, or see, or hear about this one dated 1842 (Munro's bibliography gets the date right, but he whimsically scrambles the authorized Paris and pirated Brussels editions). A rare book. ABPC records no sales at auction in 40 years. OCLC lists only 2 sets in libraries world wide (Indiana and Yale), and a half set, vols. I and II only (at The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris), and even if that misses one or 2 buried somewhere in the backwoods, it's nearly a chimera. Contemporary 1/2 speckled roan, rubs to paper sides, very good, unrepaired, nice margins, complete with half-titles, ads, and contents. A noble copy, ex-a German Prince with his armorial stamp to each title page. Le Chevalier d'Harmental unleashed Dumaspalooza, the first of his towering and best selling historical romances (romans d'or), and his first novel researched by Maquet (you can talk about the miracle, but you never talk about the angel). Here is a 4 year wedge of the history that led to it, your trail of breadcrumbs. In 1838 Dumas serialized, and then published as a book, his first novel, Le Capitaine Paul, to temperate notice. For 3 years he pressed on, sharpened his skills, perfected his craft, surmised the intricacies of historical romance, and intuited the preferences of his audience, then unified all 4 into a new ritual of high art, exploding on the scene with this ingenuity, the first coupling of an historical novel with a cloak and dagger thriller. It's set (1718), in the midst of The Cellamare Conspiracy, a critical pivot in Europe's saga, following the 1715 death of King Louis XIV and the French throne's passing to his 5 year old great-grandson, King Louis XV. It's more sinister, sophisticated, and malicious, than any historical novel that preceded it, and it's grimmer and grittier than most of those that followed. The regent, the Duc d'Orléans, and the regency council, led by the Duc d'Maine, quarreled, plotted, and tried to murder each other in factions. The Spanish ambassador, Cellamare, got involved, and forged a seditious intrigue, but lost his gamble to play one clique against the other and install the Spanish King as the new regent. "The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men." -Cioran Le Chevalier d'Harmental is an unquestionably weighty book in the chronicles of literature, no less than the modern historical romance's genotype, an evolved descendant of ideas first conceived, explored, formulated, and executed by others, but Dumas leaves none of them undeveloped. He interrogates their assumptions more deeply, and traces their implications more exhaustively. Where (earlier) others insisted in general terms, he undertakes a famously comprehensive, exacting and sustained reconnaissance, investigation, deconstruction and reconstruction, of the subject. Where others had cautiously compared, he expounds a bold, amplified, highly matured conception of writing as a science, a systematically self-reflexive mode of engaging the reader and knowing the world. Between 1842 and 1854 Dumas wrote historical novels, that stand time's test, better then anyone. His leggiest dozen or so are mammoth classics, integrating adventure and romance into roller coaster rides that, to this day, yank readers on quivering lifts to the zenith of reading, and the 1st Paris editions of almost all his grand titles are impossibly rare. Whoa, hold it, you say. If this book is so important and so rare, why is it that these outliers in the wilderness of California have it for sale? Specifically, it's just a brief aberration in an inefficient rare book market unsuited to put an accurate value on a 1st edition so infrequently encountered, that it has no comps. And generally, it's that antiquarian bookselling is ill fitted to grasp the shifting vagaries of refined appreciations that prompt evolving tastes (Book Code).

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Le chevalier d'Harmental [Jan 01, 1894] Dumas, Alexandre

Dumas, Alexandre

Estes & Lauriat, 1894-01-01. Good. Used: Good/No dust jacket as issued; good hardcover, no dust jacket as issued, Estes & Lauriat, n.d. approx. 1894, stain on spine

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$55.00

Le chevalier d'Harmental

Dumas, Alexandre

Estes & Lauriat. B00088HH5U 100% satisfaction money back guarantee . Fair.

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$54.99

Le Chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

BiblioLife, 2009-03-19. Hardcover. Good.

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$47.83

LE CHEVALIER D'HARMENTAL

Dumas, Alexandre

Paris: Le Vasseur Dark Green Leather Binding. Alexandre Dumas Illustre #4. No date, circa 1890's.. Full Leather. Near Fine. Illus. by Foulquier & F. Meaulle.

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$40.00

Le Chevalier D'Harmental

Alexandre Dumas

Palala Press. Hardcover. New. NEW BOOK

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$39.44

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Le Chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

BiblioLife, 2009-03-19. Paperback. Good.

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$32.95

Le Chevalier D'Harmental

Alexandre Dumas

HardPress Publishing, 2012-01-10. Paperback. Good.

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$31.57

Le Chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Dumas, Alexandre

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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Le Chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Dumas, Alexandre

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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Le Chevalier d'Harmental (Classic Reprint) (French Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

Forgotten Books. Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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$26.46

Le Chevalier d'Harmental [Broché] by Alexandre Dumas

Couverture souple. Très bon état. Livre.

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$27.63

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Le Chevalier d'Harmental

Dumas Alexandre

Phébus, 2006. Book. As New. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. In-8, broché, Comme Neuf.

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Le Chevalier D'Harmental [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 1899]

Little Brown, 1899-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Little, Brown 1899 hardcover, light edgewear on good blue cloth, bright gilt lettering on spine, tight binding, book plate inside cover, clean text Prompt, reliable service, shipped next business day. Int'l mailed via first class or priority.

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$20.00

Le chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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$19.80

Le chevalier d'Harmental (French Edition)

Dumas, Alexandre

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012-08-17. Paperback. Used:Good. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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Le chevalier d Harmental

Alexandre Dumas

Paris: Erable. MassMarket. Used Very Good/Used Very Good.

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Le chevalier d'Harmental (Volume 1) (French Edition)

Alexandre Dumas

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Mass Market Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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Arthur, William B.

Des Moines: Cowles Publishing. Good with no dust jacket. 1971. Magazine. News Anchors Sander Van Ocher and Hugh Downs on Cover; October 5 1971 Issue. .

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Le fils du soleil

Gustave Aimard

éditions Famot 1974 reliure decorative

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