1869 Works of Honore de Balzac in French. Paris. 16 of 20 volumes.


16 of 20 volumes of this 1869-1875 printing of the Complete Works of Honore de Balzac (in French) printed in Paris. A handsome set, with red Moroccan leather spines, marbled flyleafs and illustrations. Missing four of the original 20 volumes. Included are:

Vol 1 - Vie Privee (La Comedie Humaine)

Vol 2 - Vie Privee 2

Vol 3 - Vie Privee 3

Vol 4 - Vie Privee 4

Vol 5 - Vie de Province 1

Vol 6 - Vie de Province 2

Vol 7 - Vie de Province 3

Vol 8 - Vie de Province 4

Vol 9 - Vie Parisienne

Vol 10 - Vie Parisienne 2

Vol 11 - Vie Parisienne 3

Vol 14 - Etudes, Philosophiques

Vol 15 - Etudes, Philosophiques 2

Vol 17 - Vie Parisienne 1 (a second set of "scenes")

Vol 18 - Vie Parisienne 2

Vol 20 - Contes Deolatiques

About the Literature

Note, French language edition. Honoré de Balzac (1799 –1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus.

Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack Kerouac, Akira Kurosawa and Henry James, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

Physical Attributes

Books measure 21.5 x 14 cm. Set measures 52 cm in shelf length. Leather spines with five raised bands. Marbled paper covers the boards. Marbled flyleafs. Bright green ribbons (and corners of boards showing through).


See pictures. Shelf wear with edges and corners rubbed, bumps, scrapes, etc. Inside some spots of foxing, occasional shaken or loose page, occasional ribbon worn through/missing, etc. Occasional name or price on free front endpaper. Occasional mark in the margins. Dust on top-edges. A worn, but still handsome set with a vintage patina.

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