Early edition of Dumas‘ most famous »Mousquetaires«, in a Grolier-style binding
Alexandre DUMAS père: Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t. [Paris: Typ. de Mme Ve Dondey-Duprè 1855].
Alexandre DUMAS père: Les Trois Mousquetaires. Vingt Ans aprés. Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard. 3 parts in 1 vol. With 3 wood engravings by i.a. Félix-Jean Gauchard (part 2) after drawings by Georges Alexandre Fischer (parts 1 and 2) as head-pieces. S.l.a.et t. [Paris: Typ. de Mme Ve Dondey-Duprè 1855].
4to. 149 [1 unnumbered leaf (blank)], [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 1)], p. 2-155, [unnumb. p., 156 (blank)]; [unnumb. p. 157 (title part 2)], p. 159-351, [unnumb. p., 352 (table of contents)]; [unnumb. p. 1 (title part 3)], p. 2-486, [unnumb. p., 487 (table of contents)], p. 488 (table of contents, continuation). Later French artist’s binding made of full grained dark brown morocco leather over wooden boards on 6 raised bands, decorative boards with blind embossed geometrical elements in simplified Grolier style, all edges and spine of binding with embossed lines and framework incorporating floral themes, text block with gilt gauffered edges in the same style, gilt title on spine as well as waxed marbled endpapers on white stock.
GORGEOUSLY BOUND EARLY EDITION OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS‘ MOST FAMOUS HISTORICAL TRILOGY about d’Artagnan and his befriended musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. The 1st part was originally published in Bruxelles in 1844, continued by the 2nd part »Vingt Ans aprés« (Paris, 1847) and completed with the publication of the 3rd part titled »Le Vicomte de Bragelonne«, altogether published for the 1st time in Bruxelles, 1851. The initial pages of each of the 3 novels printed, here in double columns, are illustrated with nice head-pieces executed as wood engravings, probably reprinted from the 1852 illustrated edition published in Paris by Marescq for Dufour and Mulat. – Paper in some parts minimally foxy and with some small, skilfully executed restorations, otherwise very well preserved text block.
The present copy is particularly remarkable because of it’s superb anonymous French artist’s binding in a simplified Grolier style, which, apart from minor rubbing at some edges and corners, is in very good condition.
Although there were numerous editions of the »Musketeers« published in huge print runs already in the1840s and 1850s, this one is very rare. According to OCLC there is only one copy to trace in institutional holdings world-wide, at the BNF in Paris. A collectable item indeed.
Munro, Dumas Bibliographie, 1981, p. 145