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Vintage book The Works of Victor Hugo One Volume Edition including famed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, lovely wrinkled red leather cover 1928

Vintage book The Works of Victor Hugo One Volume Edition including famed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, lovely wrinkled red leather cover 1928

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There is no other book like this one.

If you've seen the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame then you should be aware that it was based on a real book by a phenomenal writer, Victor Hugo. If you are already aware of this then you are ahead of the game, because you know he is one of the legends of literature and that he wrote so much more than that book, arguably the most popular and lasting of his literary career and life (though Les Miserables makes a good contender, and is sadly not in this book).

If you are interested in his works, this volume is the perfect way to encapsulate the totality of his writings in a unique and compelling order (first Poems, starting with "The Fallen Veil"--a great choice--then novels, beginning with Hunchback, then "Dramas" and "Essays on Humanity.") By the last line of the last essay, "Sir Walter Scott"--am I the only one who loves when old writers review/critique/praise/talk about other old writers that inspired them? Legends talking about legends, it's fascinating. Anyway, by that time you will feel exhausted by the amount you've read, but you will also feel very moved by the man's true thoughts, following after all his fictional verses and tales. You feel you've gotten to know the man by his literary works, and then you feel as if you've gotten to know the man as he was himself, a man. Like he was talking to you the whole time, cover to cover.

And the feel of this book! I love the soft floppiness of the thick tome of it, the way it is wrapped in (well, bound in) what feels like vellum, almost, it is a leather so old and wearied. The lines and creases all over it make the book look well-loved and well-traveled, as well it might be. Certainly it's author was. :)

Here are some quotes from Hunchback to give you a taste or a reminder of his talents, which I'll follow by other quotes in this book that I think you'll enjoy:

"I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. -Claude Frollo"

"When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything." (I love this one and remember it often).

"Do you know what friendship is?' he asked.
'Yes,' replied the gypsy; 'it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.'
'And love?' pursued Gringoire.
'Oh! love!' said she, and her voice trembled, and her eye beamed. 'That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven."

And of course one of the most famous paragraphs both from the work and from subsequent endless quoting of the work-- "Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable."

Doesn't that just make you think? It is so true, at least it strikes a chord with me even though I've not experienced what he's talking about. It's just so true to the human experience and our emotions, I think, which can be said of so much of Hugo's bibliography, so much gathered in just this one volume. It's crazy that you can do that, combine nearly all the man's works, his literary life almost completely, and confine it to a few (well, hundreds, actually!) pages.

It's amazing and gives us such a great opportunity for reading and understanding literature and thereby humanity, even today after so many years and generations, since this book has miraculously lasted this long. :)

Here are more quotes to illustrate my awe of him:

"What can I do? Shall I read books,
Or write more verse—or turn fond looks
Upon enamels blue, sea-green,
And white—on insects rare as seen
Upon my Dresden china ware?
Or shall I touch the globe, and care
To make the heavens turn upon
Its axis? No, not one—not one
Of all these things care I to do;
All wearies me—I think of you."

(SIGH so romantic. I can't).

" Oh! when I sleep, come near my resting-place,
As Laura came to bless her poet's heart,
And let thy breath in passing touch my face—
At once a space
My lips will part.

And on my brow where too long weighed supreme
A vision—haply spent now—black as night,
Let thy look as a star arise and beam—
At once my dream
Will seem of light.

Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss—
A pure and holy love-light—and forsake
The angel for the woman in a kiss—
At once, I wis,
My soul will wake!"

(SIGH AGAIN -- okay I'll include one that isn't hopelessly romantic, though Hugo is so good at that, as you can surely see!)

"The leaves that in the lonely walks were spread,
Starting from off the ground beneath the tread,
Coursed o'er the garden-plain;
Thus, sometimes, 'mid the soul's deep sorrowings,
Our soul a moment mounts on wounded wings,
Then, swiftly, falls again."

See? He just touches on the human experience and leaves you there wistful or heartbroken or wondering... and this volume is that feeling put together into a book, that feeling again, and again, and again.

And here is the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Works of Victor Hugo, One Volume Edition
-Author: Victor Hugo
-Format: Soft wrinkled red leather cover, gilded wavy pattern on spine with title at top and publisher's name at bottom, gilt title bordered in center on cover, black and white illustrated border on title page, special one volume edition
-Condition: Weathered but wonderful!
-Publisher: Walter J Black Inc.
-Copyright: 1928 Walter J Black Inc.
-Date published: 1928
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this one up, sorry! There is no information in the book to determine where it came from or who owned it before me, either. :(
-Pricing: The price of this book was determined by the other (lack of) volumes out there--namely the fact that there is no other volume like this out there whatsoever! Any other one volume editions are altogether different editions in every case. So the book's rarity above all determined the price for me, but in addition its lovely red leather and gold detail, the amount of works contained within and the book's overall good condition all factored in.
There is no other book like this one.

If you've seen the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame then you should be aware that it was based on a real book by a phenomenal writer, Victor Hugo. If you are already aware of this then you are ahead of the game, because you know he is one of the legends of literature and that he wrote so much more than that book, arguably the most popular and lasting of his literary career and life (though Les Miserables makes a good contender, and is sadly not in this book).

If you are interested in his works, this volume is the perfect way to encapsulate the totality of his writings in a unique and compelling order (first Poems, starting with "The Fallen Veil"--a great choice--then novels, beginning with Hunchback, then "Dramas" and "Essays on Humanity.") By the last line of the last essay, "Sir Walter Scott"--am I the only one who loves when old writers review/critique/praise/talk about other old writers that inspired them? Legends talking about legends, it's fascinating. Anyway, by that time you will feel exhausted by the amount you've read, but you will also feel very moved by the man's true thoughts, following after all his fictional verses and tales. You feel you've gotten to know the man by his literary works, and then you feel as if you've gotten to know the man as he was himself, a man. Like he was talking to you the whole time, cover to cover.

And the feel of this book! I love the soft floppiness of the thick tome of it, the way it is wrapped in (well, bound in) what feels like vellum, almost, it is a leather so old and wearied. The lines and creases all over it make the book look well-loved and well-traveled, as well it might be. Certainly it's author was. :)

Here are some quotes from Hunchback to give you a taste or a reminder of his talents, which I'll follow by other quotes in this book that I think you'll enjoy:

"I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. -Claude Frollo"

"When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything." (I love this one and remember it often).

"Do you know what friendship is?' he asked.
'Yes,' replied the gypsy; 'it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.'
'And love?' pursued Gringoire.
'Oh! love!' said she, and her voice trembled, and her eye beamed. 'That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven."

And of course one of the most famous paragraphs both from the work and from subsequent endless quoting of the work-- "Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable."

Doesn't that just make you think? It is so true, at least it strikes a chord with me even though I've not experienced what he's talking about. It's just so true to the human experience and our emotions, I think, which can be said of so much of Hugo's bibliography, so much gathered in just this one volume. It's crazy that you can do that, combine nearly all the man's works, his literary life almost completely, and confine it to a few (well, hundreds, actually!) pages.

It's amazing and gives us such a great opportunity for reading and understanding literature and thereby humanity, even today after so many years and generations, since this book has miraculously lasted this long. :)

Here are more quotes to illustrate my awe of him:

"What can I do? Shall I read books,
Or write more verse—or turn fond looks
Upon enamels blue, sea-green,
And white—on insects rare as seen
Upon my Dresden china ware?
Or shall I touch the globe, and care
To make the heavens turn upon
Its axis? No, not one—not one
Of all these things care I to do;
All wearies me—I think of you."

(SIGH so romantic. I can't).

" Oh! when I sleep, come near my resting-place,
As Laura came to bless her poet's heart,
And let thy breath in passing touch my face—
At once a space
My lips will part.

And on my brow where too long weighed supreme
A vision—haply spent now—black as night,
Let thy look as a star arise and beam—
At once my dream
Will seem of light.

Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss—
A pure and holy love-light—and forsake
The angel for the woman in a kiss—
At once, I wis,
My soul will wake!"

(SIGH AGAIN -- okay I'll include one that isn't hopelessly romantic, though Hugo is so good at that, as you can surely see!)

"The leaves that in the lonely walks were spread,
Starting from off the ground beneath the tread,
Coursed o'er the garden-plain;
Thus, sometimes, 'mid the soul's deep sorrowings,
Our soul a moment mounts on wounded wings,
Then, swiftly, falls again."

See? He just touches on the human experience and leaves you there wistful or heartbroken or wondering... and this volume is that feeling put together into a book, that feeling again, and again, and again.

And here is the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Works of Victor Hugo, One Volume Edition
-Author: Victor Hugo
-Format: Soft wrinkled red leather cover, gilded wavy pattern on spine with title at top and publisher's name at bottom, gilt title bordered in center on cover, black and white illustrated border on title page, special one volume edition
-Condition: Weathered but wonderful!
-Publisher: Walter J Black Inc.
-Copyright: 1928 Walter J Black Inc.
-Date published: 1928
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this one up, sorry! There is no information in the book to determine where it came from or who owned it before me, either. :(
-Pricing: The price of this book was determined by the other (lack of) volumes out there--namely the fact that there is no other volume like this out there whatsoever! Any other one volume editions are altogether different editions in every case. So the book's rarity above all determined the price for me, but in addition its lovely red leather and gold detail, the amount of works contained within and the book's overall good condition all factored in.

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