1903 Life Works of Guy de Maupassant, 1st complete English edition. 17 volumes.


A handsome, complete, 17 volume set of Guy De Maupassant's life works, for the first time complete in English. This is a deluxe edition of the set, as all other sets available for purchase (Vialibri search) show only cloth bindings; these are bound in 3/4 leather with marbled cloth inserts and attractive marbled endpapers.

About the Literature -

Guy de Maupassant (1850 –1893) was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms. Many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences. His first published story, "Boule de Suif" ("Ball of Fat", 1880), is often considered his masterpiece (the last story in volume 17 of this set).

Physical Attributes -

Each measures 20 x 13 cm. Set is about 66 cm wide. 3/4 leather, with marbled cloth inset on boards. Some gilt decoration to spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Marbled endpapers. All books have at least one illustration, some are partially colored.

Condition -

See pictures. Leather is aging and has shelf wear at edges, corners and joints. Spines are sunned (lighter than leather on covers) with darkening at bottom of spine. Volume one has a crease in the center of the spine leather. Volume 6 has a chip at the bottom of the spine. Volume 17 has a chip at the top of the spine. Inside there is no writing, tears or etc.

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