HUGO, Victor.

Les Misérables.

Authorized English translation (copyright).

London: Hurst and Blackett, successors to Henry Colburn, 1862 Stock Code: 132201
£20,000.00

First authorized edition in English

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First authorized English-language edition, preceded only by the American piracy in the same year, and considerably scarcer. The translation was by Lascelles Wraxall, and published in October 1862, within months of the original French-language edition. Copies in publisher's cloth are rare. The Guinness Book of World Records (1981) claims that "The shortest literary correspondence on record was that between Victor Marie Hugo (1802-85) and his publisher, Hurst and Blackett, in 1862. The author was on holiday and anxious to know how his new novel Les Misérables was selling. He wrote '?'. The reply was '!'." Sadly the story is apocryphal.

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Description

3 volumes, octavo. Original blue diagonal-bead-grain cloth, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, covers with blind-stamped borders, pale green endpapers. Housed in a brown cloth flat-back folding case.

Condition

Contemporary ownership inscriptions of F. Edith Slater to free endpapers; collector's labels of Virginia bibliophile Christopher Clark Geest. Slight rubbing to joints, a fine copy, exceptional in this condition.

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