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by TOLSTOY, Leo; illustrated by TOPOLSKI, Feliks:

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London: The Folio Society. 2006. Deluxe numbered, limited issue of the edition originally published by the Folio Society in 1971. Deluxe numbered, limited issue of the edition originally published by the Folio Society in 1971. Bound in full maroon Wassa goatskin, blocked front and rear with a design by Jeff Clements, lettered in gilt to the spine. Illustrated throughout with drawings by the Polish artist Feliks Topolsi. Iridescent lime green endpapers. Printed on Edinburgh Cream Wove paper. Bound-in grey ribbon bookmark. Upper edges gilt. With an additional booklet (containing an extract from John Bayley's 1966 book, 'Tolstoy and the Novel') in lime green card wraps sewn with black thread, with white title label lettered in black to the front cover. All housed in a black cloth-covered clamshell box lined in the same shade of green as endpapers and booklet, and lettered in gilt to the spine. A fine copy, presenting as unread, the binding square and firm, the contents bright and clean throughout. Limited edition of 1750 hand-numbered copies, bound by Real Lachenmaier, Germany, of which this is no. 755. The text used is the 1957 Penguin translation by Rosemary Edmonds, who also provides the introduction. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.


War and Peace, a Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the world's greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina (1873–7), as his finest literary achievement. Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.  First titled '1805' the first installment was published in the January 1865 edition of  Russkiy Vestnik.  It ran in serial form for 2 years before Tolstoy reworked much of the manuscript before publishing it in 1869 as War and Peace.

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London: The Folio Society. 2006

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A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description. Further,...
Goatskin, leather made from goat, is durable and easy to dye. The original and finest examples of Morocco binding are goatskin....
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
Clamshell Box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...

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