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    The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered to be, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work. The writing of the work was completed in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert's first novel and considered his masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns.

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    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".

    Candide by Voltaire

    Candide, ou l'Optimisme (in French) is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). The novella begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply optimism) by his tutor, Pangloss.

    Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

    Since the original prewar translation there has been no completely new rendering of the French original into English. This translation brings to the fore a more sharply engaged, comic and lucid Proust. IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME is one of the greatest,most entertaining reading experiences in any language. As the great story unfolds from its magical opening scenes to its devastating end, it is the Penguin Proust that makes Proust accessible to a new generation. Each volume is translated by a different, superb translator working under the general editorship of Professor Christopher Prendergast, University of Cambridge.

    Nana by Emile Zola

    A neuf heures, la salle du theatre des Varietes etait encore vide. Quelques personnes, au balcon et a l'orchestre, attendaient, perdues parmi les fauteuils de velours grenat, dans le petit jour du lustre a demi-feux. Une ombre noyait la grande tache rouge du rideau; et pas un bruit ne venait de la scene, la rampe eteinte, les pupitres des musiciens debandes. En haut seulement, a la troisieme galerie, autour de la rotonde du plafond ou des femmes et des enfants nus prenaient leur volee dans un ciel verdi par le gaz, des appels et des rires sortaient d'un brouhaha continu de voix, des tetes coiffees de bonnets et de casquettes s'etageaient sous les larges baies rondes, encadrees d'or.

    Germinal by Emile Zola

    The thirteenth novel in Emile Zola's great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity's capacity for compassion and hope.Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

    Mademoiselle De Maupin by Theophile Gautier

    An influential novelist's shocking tale of sexual deception draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual intrigue.

    Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

    Bonjour Tristesse (in English, Hello Sadness) is a novel by Françoise Sagan. Published in 1954, when the author was only eighteen, it caused an overnight sensation. The title is derived from a poem by Paul Éluard, "À peine défigurée," which begins with the lines "Adieu tristesse/ Bonjour tristesse... " The 1958 film Bonjour Tristesse featured Geoffrey Horne, Deborah Kerr, Jean Seberg and David Niven as the lead actors. The music was composed by Georges Auric.

    Jean Christophe by Romain Rolland

    Jean-Christophe is a novel sequence, written in the "bildungsroman" fashion, in ten volumes by Romain Rolland published between 1904 and 1912, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. It was translated into English by Gilbert Cannan. The first four volumes are sometimes grouped as Jean-Christophe, the next three as Jean-Christophe à Paris, and the last three as La fin du voyage ("Journey's End").

    A Woman's Life by Guy De Maupassant

    Jeanne, ayant fini ses malles, s'approcha de la fenetre, mais la pluie ne cessait pas. L'averse, toute la nuit, avait sonne contre les carreaux et les toits. Le ciel bas et charge d'eau semblait creve, se vidant sur la terre, la delayant en bouillie, la fondant comme du sucre. Des rafales passaient pleines d'une chaleur lourde. Le ronflement des ruisseaux debordes emplissait les rues desertes ou les maisons, comme des eponges, buvaient l'humidite qui penetrait au-dedans et faisait suer les murs de la cave au grenier. Jeanne, sortie la veille du couvent, libre enfin pour toujours, prete a saisir tous les bonheurs de la vie dont elle revait depuis si longtemps, craignait que son pere hesitat a partir si le temps ne s'eclaircissait pas, et pour la centieme fois depuis le matin elle interrogeait l'horizon. Puis elle s'apercut qu'elle avait oublie de mettre son calendrier dans son sac de voyage. Elle cueillit sur le mur le petit carton divise par mois, et portant au milieu d'un dessin la date de l'annee courante 1819 en chiffres d'or. Puis elle biffa a coups de crayon les quatre premieres colonnes, rayant chaque nom de saint jusqu'au 2 mai, jour de sa sortie du couvent.

    Bel-Ami by Guy De Maupassant

    Bel Ami, published in 1885, is French author Guy de Maupassant's second novel. It is the story of journalist Georges Duroy.

    The Charterhouse Of Parma by Stendhal

    Includes bibliographical references.

    The Revolt Of the Angels by Anatole France

    Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine De Saint Exupery

    Journey To the End Of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

    Papillon by Henri Charriere

    Notre-Dame De Paris by Victor Hugo

    The Flowers Of Evil by Charles Baudelaire

    The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet

    Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert

    Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

    Death On the Installment Plan by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

    Remembrance Of Things Past by Marcel Proust

    Since the original prewar translation there has been no completely new rendering of the French original into English. This translation brings to the fore a more sharply engaged, comic and lucid Proust. IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME is one of the greatest,most entertaining reading experiences in any language. As the great story unfolds from its magical opening scenes to its devastating end, it is the Penguin Proust that makes Proust accessible to a new generation. Each volume is translated by a different, superb translator working under the general editorship of Professor Christopher Prendergast, University of Cambridge.

French Fiction Books & Ephemera



    Nana. by Zola, Emile

    London.: The Folio Society., 1956. 387pp. Translated by Charles Duff. Purple silk cloth in a slipcase. Spine is tanned, slipcase has some edge wear.. First Thus. Hardcover. Very Good. Illus. by Vertes.. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    The Thief's Journal by Genet, Jean

    New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1964. First American Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/good. First U.S. edition of Jean Genet's journal of his life among street outcasts in Barcelona after deserting the Foreign Legion. A classic work first published in France in 1949 by a legendary writer whose life paralleled the Beats & later intersected with them, especially when he covered the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago alongside William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg & others in the countercultural ferment. With a foreword by Jean-Paul Sartre. The publisher, Grove Press, issued the first U.S. editions of WSB's works including Nova Express during this period. First printing as stated on the copyright page. A significant Genet collectible. Book in nearly fine condition with only mild sunning to top portions & edges of front, back covers & spine; very light wear to bottom edges of same; a few narrow vertical indents in cloth from bottom edge through lower portion of front cover (which may be a flaw as issued); very mild wear along bottom & side trimmed edges of text block; more so with spotting at upper edge of same. Interior very fine. Dust Jacket in relatively good condition among those we have obtained or seen with moderate browning of edges, rubbing, scratching & soiling of front, back covers & spine; minor creasing & chipping along all edges & corners; short vertical closed tears along left edges of front & back covers, upper left edge of spine.



    The Poet Assassinated by APOLLINAIRE, GUILLAUME

    London, Eng.: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1968. - Apollinaire's roman a clef of life in Paris before the war, painters, actors, whores & criminals - fine copy in near fine dj, two tiny edge tears - Dine's illustrations bizarrely compliment the text.. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Jim Dine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    Lettres de mon moulin by Daudet Alphonse

    in12 Cartonné



    Le Spleen de Paris: Petits Poèmes en Prose by BAUDELAIRE, Charles; Louis Bouquet, illus

    Paris: A l'Enseigne du Pot Cassé, [1925]. First Thus. Limited to 1950 copies on Chesterfield of which this is no. 882. 12mo; publisher's white pictorial card wrappers printed in black and pale grey; [6],201pp.; woodcut illus. throughout. Extremities a bit rubbed with a few tiny chips and closed tears, else a Very Good or better, internally fine copy. Forms part of the Scripta Manent series.



    LE BARBIER DE SEVILLE by Beaumarchais -

    fair. éditions nouveaux classiques Larousse, 1970. Intérieur propre, légère usure des coins. Envoi rapide et soigné!* (d6)



    MADEMOISELLE DE MAUPIN by Theophile Gautier, illustrated by Andre Dugo

    New York: The Heritage Press, 1944. Hardcover. Near Fine. 7 x 10 in. Decorative cloth. Color plates. Condition is NEAR FINE ; minor wear to spine ends, covers extremely clean. Binding tight and text spotless. In original plain slipcase, which has a little wear. Fiction. Stax.



    Seventh of October by ROMAINS, Jules

    NY: Knopf, 1946. first edition - final novel of the series - contains a complete index of characters for the series - fine in fine dj - tiny tears .. First Edition. Cloth.



    Album Giono Iconographie Reunie Et Commentee Par Henri Godard 575 Illustrations by Godard, Henri

    France: Gallimard. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1980. Flexible leather. 1980. French language edition. Published in France. 319 pages. 575 illustrations. Book and dust jacket are in fine condition. Flexible leather or leatherlike ( ? ) cover. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 319 pages .



    Lettres de mon Moulin by Daudet, Alphonse

    Published Paris Nelson Éditeurs 189, rue Saint-Jacques circa 1905. Paris circa 1905., 1905. Hard back binding in publisher's original half black calf, gilt title and author lettering to the spine, blue cloth covered boards, blue and gold marble end papers, top edge gilt. 8vo. 6½'' x 4¼''. Contains [xvi] 253 [20] printed pages of French text with colour frontispiece and monochrome photographs throughout. In Very Good condition. Member of the P.B.F.A.



    L'Été by Camus, Albert

    Paris: Gallimard, 1954. First edition, on ordinary paper. A service de presse copy of this collection of essays, containing among others "Le Minotaure ou L'Halte d'Oran". Presentation copy, inscribed by Camus to the naval historian Léonce Peillard. Original printed wrappers, fine and unopened, with the errata slip, and the publisher's announcement laid in. Cloth case with leather label.



    SALAMMBO by Flaubert Gustave

    Fasquelle, 1923. 1923 Edizione definitiva con appendice critica 12mo 374pp Softcover VERYGOOD Lievi strappi sul piatto ant./post. Sigla a matita sul frontespizio Timbro sul piatto post. catalogo Narrativa - Fiction magazzino ZZ



    Nicolai Caussini Trecensis, e Societate Iesu, De Eloquentia Sacra et Humana, Libri XVI by CAUSSIN, Nicolas

    Parisiis: Apud Ioannem Iost, 1637. Editio Quarta. Thick quarto; full contemporary triple-ruled sheep, unadorned spine in five compartments, all edges speckled red, retaining original endpapers as well as a wastepaper front free endpaper; [4],1011,[61]pp.; engraved title page vignette and head- and tail-pieces, text printed in double columns. Leather somewhat edge worn with some exposure of boards, rear cover has a few surface scratches, this copy unfortunately bound without the 28pp. introductory index, else an About Very Good copy in a compellingly crude contemporary binding. This edition published in the same year that Caussin, a French Jesuit, held the post of confessor to Louis XIII.



    Manon Lescaut by Prevost, Antoine Francois

    London, England: Joseph Thomas, 1841. Hardcover. Good+/None. Green three-quarter leather with maroon, green and cream marbled paper boards, banded spine titled and filigreed in gilt. Extremities lightly worn and spine faded. Gilt remains bright. End papers marbled like cover. White ribbon marker intact. Binding cracked at pg. 347. Otherwise binding is firm. Previous owner or bookseller noted 'MacDonald binding.' Gilt upper page edges. 8vo. B&W illustrations-some with protective tissue intact-by Tony Johannot.




    Schoenhofs Foreign Books, 1991. Paperback. Good.



    The Thief's Journal by Genet, Jean

    Paris: The Olympia Press, 1954. First edition. Paperback. Fine copy. Some slight foxing/Fine. 8vo. Paper-bound. With dj. Pp. 294. Translation of "Journal du voleur" by Bernard Frechtman. Foreword by Jean-Paul Sartre.



    The Works of Theophile Gautier, Complete in 24 Volumes, Limited Edition by Gautier, Theophile

    New York: George D. Sproul, 1900. A grandfather of today's supernatural genre, Theophile Gautier's unique world of vampires, ghosts, and animated mummies influenced both later novelists and movie-makers. This rare set was published for subscribers only by George D. Sproul, between 1900 and 1903. (I would guess that a new volume was shipped out once every two months over a four-year-period, which is probably why complete sets, such as this one, are rare.) The set was limited for sale in America to only 1000 numbered and registered sets, of which this is Number 703. The books have blue-gray cloth covers, with paper spine labels, and top-edge gilt. The exteriors are in Very Good condition, with some light edge rubbing. (Click on photo.) The spine cloth has uniformly darkened on all volumes. The original paper labels had used acidic paper, and, consequently, had browned to a point that the titles were mainly unreadable. I have replaced these with new facsimile labels on appropriate parchment paper, based on the originals. (Additionally, I include an extra set of labels, so that your descendents may again replace them, if needed, in another hundred years' time.) The interiors are also in Very Good condition, with only light toning. The books are all tightly bound, but I found four with front or rear paper splits over the hinges. One volume has several tears and small chips on the rear free endpaper. Each book has the decorative bookplate of the original owner on the front endpaper. Each volume has a frontis engraving with tissue guard, plus some interior engravings. I noticed that one tissue guard is missing. The title pages are all tri-color (green, red, and black). The set was translated and edited (with numerous introductions) by Professor F.C. DeSumichrast of Harvard. The contents are as follows: Volumes I and II: Mademoiselle De Maupin (also includes biography of Theophile Gautier and a Preface to the novel); Volume III: The Grotesques; Volume IV: Travels in Spain; Volume V: The Romance of a Mummy; Egypt; Volume VI: Portraits of the Day; Volume VII: Travels in Italy; Volume VIII: Fortunio, One of Cleopatra's Nights; King Candaules; Volume IX: The Louvre; Volume X: Constantinople; Volume XI: Spirite, The Vampire, Arria Marcella; Volume XII: The Quartette, The Mummy's Foot; Volume XIII: Travels in Russia (Part 1); XIV: Travels in Russia (Part 2); Belgium and Holland; A Day in London; Volume XV: Avatar; Jettatura; The Water Pavilion; Volume XVI: A History of Romanticism; The Progress of French Poetry Since 1830; Volumes XVII, XVIII and XIX: Captain Fracasse; My Private Menagerie; Volume XX: Paris Besieged; Volume XXI: Militona; The Nightingales; The Marchioness's Lap-Dog; Omphale; Volume XXII: Jack and Jill; The Thousand and Second Night; Elias Wildmanstadius; Daniel Jobard; The Bowl of Punch; Volume XXIII: Art and Criticism; The Magic Hat; Volume XXIV: Enales and Cameos, and Other Poems. Aside from Gautier's travelogues, essays, and major novels, he is of particular interest today to collectors of occult literature. Of particular interest is Volume XII, containing "The Vampire," which has also been published in the U.S. as "The Beautiful Vampire" and "Clarimonde." It was first published in France in 1836 under the title "La Morte Amoureuse," over half a century before Stoker's "Dracula." Also of note is "Spirite," which has also been published in the U.S. as "Stronger than Death." A romance between a ghost and a mortal, "Spirite" is a precursor of such 20th Century favorites as "Portrait of Jennie" or the movie, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Also of interest in Volume XII is "The Mummy's Foot," the story of a young man who purchases the object once belonging to an ancient Egyptian princess, Hermonthis. He is amazed when the foot becomes animated, and even more amazed when the footless princess shows up to reclaim it. Volume V contains one of Gautier's favorites, "The Romance of a Mummy," and Volume XV features "Avatar," a story dealing with the transfer of souls from one man to another. Due to the 50-pound weight range of this set, domestic Media Mail shipping will cost the buyer, $25.00, which will include insurance. International buyers should email me in advance for shipping charges. . Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Candide: suivi d?une anthologie sur le conte philosophique by Voltaire

    Hatier, 2015. 17x12x2cm Broché



    Salammbo by Flaubert, Gustave

    London: Saxon & Co, 1896. First British Edition. Good. First British edition, originally published in French in 1862. Good. Cloth rubbed at extremities, darkened at spine, lightly soiled. Gilt stamping rubbed. Lean to spine. Glue repair to front inner hinge; binding at front a bit tender. Pages show general wear and sporadic foxing. First edition in the English language of Flaubert's historical novel.



    Nana by Zola, Emile

    Heritage Press. Hardcover. B000K13056 Slipcase and book have minor wear- slipcase does have some fading color to the edges, clean, has a very good binding, no marks or notations, Heritage Club "Sandglass" supplement included. . Very Good.



    Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Gustave

    London: Vizetelly & Co, 1886. First English Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First English language edition. Very Good with cloth rubbed at rear cover and extremities, with spine ends a bit bruised, spine cloth darkened. Inner hinges repaired. Pages toned with scattered foxing to prelim and terminal pages. A rather sharp copy, in nicer shape than commonly found. The author's debut novel, a breakthrough in the craft of literary narration that helped create the modern novel.



    Lettres de Mon Moulin [1] by Alphonse Daudet [Selected and Edited by G. H. Clarke]

    Macmillan & Co. Ltd., St Martin's Essex Street, London 1919 Authorized Edition. 1919., 1919. Hard back binding in publisher's original blue cloth covers, faded green lettering to spine. 8vo 7" x 5" xx, 158 [pages]. Fold-out map to rear. In Very Good condition, no dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A.


    AUD $8.50

    Germinal by Emile Zola [Translated by L. W. Tancock]

    Penguin Classics, Great Britain, 1954. Softcover. Good Condition. 497 pages. Pages browned. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Literature; Literature & Literary; Inventory No: 248262..



    Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Gustave

    The Easton Press, 1978. Hardcover. Very Good. Easton Press edition. Bound in beautiful full leather with gold decorations and titles, gilt edges. Interior clean and tight, ribbon marker.Your purchase benefits literacy and summer reading programs in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. We ship every business day. All books ship in cardboard bookfolds with delivery confirmation.

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