Les Trois Mousquetaires.

Paris, Michel Lévy, 1846.

2 vols. in one, 12mo, pp. [iv], 338; [iv], 328; small abrasion to two pages causing loss of two or three words, lower outer corner of several leaves torn away not affecting text; otherwise a very good copy in French contemporary dark brown quarter morocco, cloth sides, gilt lines on spine.

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Rare early edition of The Three Musketeers, first published in 8 volumes in 1844. This is the third edition published in France, although there were several Brussels printings of the novel in the interim. The half-title of the present edition announces ‘Oeuvres complètes d’Alexandre Dumas’, but the book is in fact a separate printing and is not part of an edition of the collected works. All early editions are extremely rare.

Douglas Munro, Alexandre Dumas Père: A Bibliography of Works published in French, 1825-1900, p. 144 (giving the date of the second volume as 1847).

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