New York: Carleton Publishing Company, 1862. First American Edition and First Edition in English. Hardcover. Octavos, 5 volumes; VG-; bound in publisher's burgundy cloth boards, all volumes recently repaired, with segments of each spine missing; moderate rubbing to boards; faded gilt spine titles; small gift inscription on ffep of each volume; This set was issued in multiple colors of cloth as First Editions, this set is uniform in the brown cloth; Fantine (171 pages plus four-page publisher's advertisement), Cosette (164 pages plus four-page publisher's advertisement), Marius (150 pages plus two-page publisher's advertisement), Saint Denis (184 pages), and Jean Valjean (165 pages plus two-page publisher's advertisement).; consignment; shelved case 2. Charles E. Wilbour was hired by the Carleton Publishing Company to translate Hugo's grand masterpiece, and he did so very quickly, allowing the first American edition to be published within months of its French release. The intense advertising campaign waged by Carleton resulted in massive sales for Les Misérables, solidifying Hugo's epic in second place (behind only Uncle Tom's Cabin) in pre-Civil War American book sales.;. Dupont.
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