La Comédie Humaine by Balzac, Honoré de

La Comédie Humaine

Balzac, Honoré de

The Human Comedy in 50vols: Parisian Life (10vols.), Military and Political Life (5), Philosophic and Analytic Studies (9), Provincial Life (9), Country Life (3), Private Life (12) and Droll Stories (2), or France, after the fall of Napoleon, from 1815 until 1848; illustrated, some translated by G.B. Ives, though the translator is not often noted. Together with The Repertory of the La Comédie Humaine by Balzac (also Caxton, 1900), 2vols., an alphabetical list of all the characters from the sequence with short biographies for each (860+pp.), translated by George B. Ives, introduction by Paul Bourget, and a chart (6pp.) listing the English title, date of original publication, division that the title belongs to within the sequence, and the original French title for 90 novels or stories. And Balzac's Recurring Characters by Anthony R. Pugh (University of Toronto Press, 1974. First Canadian edition), a chronological guide, according to original publication, through all the stories, plays and novels that would find their way into La Comédie Humaine. And, with no connection to the above, except that it came from the same collection, The Unpublished Correspondence of Honoré de Balzac and Madame Zulma Carraud, 1829-1850 (John Lane The Bodley Head, 1937. First English edition.)

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Publisher: The Caxton Publishing Company 1896-1900
Caxton edition are all matching green cloth, top edge gilt, stamped in gold on the spine and front panel. The front and rear panels of 2vols. are marked, The Physiology of Marriage II is is missing the premliminary pages, a couple of vols. with an owner's label, others with a Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford labels, some frontispieces loose, some with offsetting to prelims. Overall all very good or better. Balzac's Recurring Characters is fine in dustwrapper, an inscription from Jim Sharman to David Malouf on the front free endpaper; and The Unpublished Correspondence ... is a fine copy in the original green cloth. For the 54vols.

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