New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. First American edition. Near Fine. First complete edition in English (following the abridged London edition of the same year) with all title-pages dated 1886 and with the proper Gottsberger imprint on versos. Six small octavo volumes (pages 6 3/16 x 4 7/16 inches; 157 x 114 mm); complete with all blanks and ads. Translated from a French edition by Clara Bell.Original dark brown cloth decoratively stamped in black and gilt and with titles in gilt. Original brown-coated endpapers, just starting to crack in vol. 2 of "The Invasion" otherwise all endpapers intact and without repair. A few volumes with very light wear at the head and tail of the spine (also without repair). Each volume with the bookplate of Arthur L Franklin on the front paste-down.The author's epic novel of the Napoleonic Wars, which gives them a human face through the poignant impact they have on several interrelated characters. A story of love and tradition amidst a crumbling society and a radically changing world. A novel brimming with enlightenment and modern theories. Virginia Woolf wrote: "There remains the greatest of all novelists-for what else can we call the author of War and Peace? . . . Even in a translation we feel that we have been set on a mountain-top and had a telescope put into our hands. Everything is astonishingly clear and absolutely sharp." Undoubtedly a masterpiece of world literature, and in our opinion, the greatest work from the Russian literary canon. Near Fine.
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