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    Victor Hugo. Les Misérables. New York: Carleton, Publisher, 1862. First U. S. edition, and first edition in English. Five octavo volumes (9.25 x 5.5 inches; 233 x 142 mm.). 171, [1, blank], [4, ads]; 164, [4, ads]; 150, [2, ads]; 184 (no ads, as issued); 165, [1, blank], [2, ads] pages. Publisher's brown cloth, spines stamped and lettered in gilt, brown endleaves. All volumes rebacked, preserving most of the original spines. Bindings worn, with some occasional separation between cloth and boards, corners bumped, a few hinges starting or reinforced with cloth, several volumes with contemporary ink gift inscription, text toned, with some occasional soiling and marginal tears or chips. Fair. 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 U. S. 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.

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    March, 2019
    6th Wednesday
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