New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. First American Edition, First Issue. Small Octavo. Item #08830
First English translation. Three volumes in six, translated from the French by Clara Bell. First issue, each with the Gottsberger imprint on the verso of the title page (First Set, Before Tilsit) Vol. 1; 322pp. (6)pp. ads. Vol. 2; 357pp., (2)pp. ads, (Second Set, The Invasion) Vol. 1; 321pp., vol 2. 270pp. 9pp. ads. (Third set, Borodino) vol. 1. 290pp., (9)pp. ads., vol. 2. 391pp. Bound in publisher's brown pictorial cloth, decorated in gilt and black; dark brown coated endpapers. Small loss at some spine ends, some wear at extremities. Bookplate in Before Tilsit, volumes I and II, and Borodino, volumes I and II. Previous owner name on FEP of Before Tilsit, volumes I and II, The Invasion, volume II, and Borodino, volume I; small name stamp on title page of Borodino, volume II. Front inner hinge cracked in Before Tilsit, volumes I and II; inner hinges starting on Borodino, volume I. A few signatures misaligned in volume I of The Invasion. Altogether a very good set, internally clean and bright. An important work, which is considered to be one of the best historical novels in world literature today.