New York: George Routledge, 1886. First thus. Original green publisher's cloth bindings, retaining all delicate paper labels to spines. All volumes square, tight, and unfaded, with a bit of bumping to the spine ends. Internally fresh and unmarked. A beautiful copy of this timeless classic which has inspired adaptations on stage and screen, it is one of the earliest illustrated editions in English.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, although contemporary reviews were mixed. Hugo's massive work follows the struggles of ex-convict, Jean Valjean, as he seeks spiritual redemption, despite the past ever following upon his heels. It is a social commentary not just on modern France, but upon all communities where there is crime, hunger, poverty and injustice. Moreover, Hugo inserts his own commentaries throughout the work, whether they relate to the current action or not. Successfully adapted to the screen and the stage, most recently by Tom Hooper in 2012 for Universal Pictures. A work that speaks across time and place and continues to touch and inspire its readers. Near Fine (Item #3942)