New York: Columbia University Press, (1996). First Edition. Hardcover. First English-language edition, first printings, three volumes (complete), quarto size, 2050 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2237
Originally published in a seven-volume French edition, this three-volume English-language edition "distills ... 'the very marrow of the work'. " Together, the three volumes explore the several avenues that define what it means to be "French".
The first volume, "Conflicts and Divisions", "explores the political, religious, geographical, and generational clashes that structure France's self-definition. Volume Two, 'Traditions', discusses the roots of French identity - landscape, cathedral, and court; literary works; and singular reference points from the Tour de France to the legacy of sophisticated gastronomy. The third volume, 'Symbols', considers the emblems that signify Frenchness to peoples around the world: Bastille Day, the Eiffel Tower, Joan of Arc, and René Descartes" (n.b., from dust jacket).
___DESCRIPTION: Volumes bound in quarter blue linen over paper boards (Volume One blue, Volume Two red, and Volume Three white - the colours of the French flag), silver lettering on the spines, double-spread title pages with six small photographs/illustrations (different in each volume), each volume replete with black-and-white illustrations/photographs throughout; quarto size (10 1/8" by 7 1/8"), pagination: Volume One, [i-ix] x-xxviii,  2-652; Volume Two, [i-ix] x-xiv, [1-3] 4-591; and Volume Three, [i-ix] x-xiv, [1-4] 5-751. Glossy paper pictorial dust jackets (each with a different illustration wrapping around the front panels and spines), summary of the work on the front flaps, bios of editors and translator on the back flaps, review blurbs and summary of the set on the back panel, jackets unclipped but without a printed price.
___CONDITION: Volumes fine, the bindings clean and without blemish, the corners straight and unrubbed, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jackets near fine, unclipped, clean with the colours bright, absolutely no sunning, with a very slight amount of overall edgewear.
___POSTAGE: Please note that the set is extremely heavy and additional postage will apply; please inquire for details.
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