London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., (1923). Wheelwright, Rowland. Hardcover. Octavo size, 793 pp. Near fine. Item #33330707
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is best known for his novels of high adventure and intrigue such as "The Three Musketeers", "The Count of Monte Cristo", and "The Man in the Iron Mask". One of the most widely read French authors, his works have been translated into over one hundred languages and have been adapted numerous times to the screen and stage.
"The Three Muskateers" is perhaps his most beloved novel, featuring the adventures of the musketeers; this work is its sequel and continues the tale of d'Artagnan and his fellow swordsmen. Set in France during the childhood reign of Louis XIV (the "Sun King", who ruled over France for 72 years) and in England towards the end of the English Civil War (at the end of which King Charles I was executed and Oliver Cromwell formed the Commonwealth and was, in effect, Britain's ruler).
With illustrations by Rowland Wheelwright (1870-1955), whose work captures the high spirits of the adventure told in the novel, and is in a custom binding of an intricate pattern reminiscent of both the Tudor Rose and the French fleur-de-lis.
___DESCRIPTION: In a custom binding (stamped on the back board "Made in Austria") of brown leather over thick boards, the front board richly decorated in gilt with green highlights, the back board with a different pattern blind-debossed, the spine decorated in a manner similar to the front, brown leather spine with gilt lettering, board edges tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, turn-ins tooled in gilt, light brown watered silk doublures, coloured frontispiece one of sixteen colour illustrations throughout by Wheelwright, first title page with a decorative border in red, publisher's device in red, this followed by the printed title page carrying a publication date on the copyright page of 1923, remnant of original brown ribbon marker loosely laid in; octavo size (8 3/8" by 6"), pagination: [i-xii] 1-781.
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright other than light scattered foxing, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning to the back board, note that we had a professional (name available upon request) re-attach the spine and boards, the binding is now strong and sturdy.
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