Les Miserables
Victor Hugo, 1862
HUGO, Victor (1802-1885). Les Miserables. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1862.

First authorized edition in English of one of the great novels of the 19th-century, particularly scarce in such excellent condition. Hugo described his masterwork as “a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty, from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God”.

Three volumes, octavo. Half-titles. (Closed tear to margin of p. 289 in volume 2.) Original cloth (light wear and sunning to spine). Provenance: Hugh Walpole (English novelist, 1884-1941; ‘Brackenburn’ bookplate) – William Cox (signature).

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