HUGO, Victor Notre-Dame de Paris

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The first edition of “Notre-Dame de Paris”, one of only 1100 copies printed.

A precious copy preserved in its elegant contemporary blue half calf binding.

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Paris, Charles Gosselin, 1831.

Two 8vo volumes [205 x 126 mm] of: I/ (4) ll. for the half-title, title and foreword, 404 pp. ; II/ (2) ll., 536 pp. for part 2. Both titles are decorated with Tony Johannot’s woodcuts engraved by Porret. Bound in blue half calf, flat spines. Reliure de l’époque.

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First edition of the famous and first great novel by Victor Hugo.

Carteret, I, pp. 400-402; Escoffier 870; Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur de livres du XIXe siècle, IV, 256-257.

This copy belongs to the second state, with the author’s name on the title and the fictitious mention “Seconde edition” below the title.

Since Gosselin’s copy appeared at auction (Leroy auction, March, 26-27th, 1931, N°328), it became indisputable that the mention of a second or third edition doesn’t take anything from the first edition nature of a book.

Gosselin-Leroy’s copy bore indeed on a fourth edition of Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831, the following autograph note:

First edition published in 1100 copies that have been, following the habits of the bookselling at the time, divided into four editions. [Signed]. Charles Gosselin, editor’ ”.

(Escoffier, Le Mouvement romantique, 870).

Michaud comes to the same conclusion in the Bulletin du bibliophile, 1931: «copies falsely pointed out as second or third edition authentically belong to the first edition”.

“This first edition, in good condition, is the rarest of all the author’s works; it had a worldwide impact, and it’s one of the most difficult to get from the Romantic period” (Carteret).

A precious copy preserved in its elegant contemporary blue half calf binding.

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HUGO, Victor


Paris, Charles Gosselin, 1831.