The Life Works.
Embracing romance, travel, comedy, and verse. For the first time complete in English. With a critical preface by Paul Bourget of the French Academy and an introduction by Robert Arnot. Illustrated from original drawings by eminent French and American artists.London: Printed for subscribers only by M. Walter Dunne, 1903 Stock Code: 126081
First Bourget edition, number 431 of 750 copies signed by Robert Arnot.
17 volumes, octavo (230 x 166 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, raised bands to spines, lettered and tooled in gilt, single gilt rule to marbled sides, monogram of "EHR" within a laurel crown in gilt to front covers, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Elaborate decorative title page to all vols. and limitation page to vol. 1, illustrated frontispieces and 51 illustrated plates, all with captioned tissue guards, illustrated chapter headings.
Gift inscription to front binder's blanks. Spines and edges of covers faded consistently to brown, a little wear to upper tips with occasional refurbishment. A handsomely bound set.
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