This historical novel first appeared in 3 volumes in 1850, published in Paris. Set in the latter part of the 17th century, the plot revolves around the competition to grow a black tulip, following the 'tulip mania' which had arisen some 30 years earlier. Beginning with a lynching, the tale contains violence and romance, and has been dramatised in film as well as a musical format, over the past century or so.
Alexandre Dumas (pere) (1802-1870) was a French writer, whose works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, making him one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Three Musketeers", "Twenty Years After", and "The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later". His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films.
Our book is in excellent condition, bound in dark red pebbled morocco with blind tooled rules, gilt lettering and design on the spine, and dark purple endpapers. Page tops gilded. Ungilded page edges lightly foxed (but no foxing inside). There are no signs of shelf wear. An owner's name is written in ink on the reverse of the front free endpaper, with the date 1926. The binding is firm, all pages are clean, and the only defect is some variation in the density of the print throughout, which can be seen in all other 'Collins Clear-Type' books. A very nice copy of this classic tale.