Considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, "Les Miserables" is a French historical novel chronicling the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean from 1815 through the 1832 Rebellion in Paris. Its message of redemption encourages compassion and hope in the face of adversity and injustice. An epic work, it is divided in five volumes, each then divided into several books and subdivided into chapters, totalling 48 books and 365 chapters. The story has been dramatised many times, most successfully as the musical, which has been a fixture in London's West End for many years.
Victor Marie Hugo (1802–1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement, considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers.
Here is a handsome "new" edition of the novel, issued in 1881 by Hachette, bound in dark green textured cloth with line borders to front and back, and green leather spines with 4 raised bands; rich gilt tooling on panels 1, 3, 5; author, and title & volume number in gilt lettering in panels 2 and 4. Lightly worn externally - some rubbing of spine angles & covers generally, with minor bumping of corners and some shelf wear to spines - and the gilt is bright. All page edges gilt - also bright. Inside, marbled endpapers clean and undamaged; binding tight with no loose pages; pages generally browned/foxed, some more than others; no annotations or other blemishes. Green silk page markers all present, if not all still attached. Only Vol 5 shows a little warping of the fore-edge, possibly caused by damp. Interestingly, this volume is dated 1882. A handsome set.