Boston: Dana Estes & Company, 1902. Limited Edition #725 of 1000 the Centenary Edition. Half Leather.
Half Green Morocco with three spine bands to marbled boards which match the endpages. The Spine has toned to brown as typical, decorated in floral decorations in gilt and the flowers red, spine bands in gilt geometric patterns. Top edge gilt; Each with four captioned tissue-guarded illustrations the second volume has a color frontispiece. From a set of 30. Limited Edition #725 of 1000 the Centenary Edition
The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with rubs on the corners and light brush of the leather on the spine bands. Personal bookplates of Frederic Roa.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #17027
Alfred Barbou was himself a famous writer at that time as well as an intimate friend of Victor Hugo. This book was approved by Victor Hugo and his wife, was translated into several languages, and is generally considered to be the best life of Victor Hugo.
Victor Hugo, a French novelist was a leading figure of the Romantic Movement in France, he is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831.
And a Fun Fact:
He had an unusual technique for dealing with writer’s block. Would take all his clothes off, take himself off to a room where he had only pen and paper for company, and force himself to write, without even the distraction of clothes to derail him from his task. His servants reportedly had orders that they weren’t to return his clothes to him until he had written something.