New York (1886-87): William S. Gottsberger. First American Edition. Small Octavo. Item #09387
First edition in English, preceeding the British edition. A "gentleman's set" - volumes I and II of Before Tilsit, is second issue, without the Gottsberger imprint on the copyright page, and 1887 on the title page; the remaining 4 volumes are first issue, with the Gottsberger imprint on the copyright page and 1886 on title page. Three volumes in six, translated from the French by Clara Bell. (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 spine ends of volumes I & II of Borodino. Bookplate on front pastedown and small name stamp on title page of The Invasion, volume II. Bookplate on front pastedown of Borodino, volume II and owner name on fep. The Invasion, volume I, inner hinges cracked. Borodino volume I inner hinges cracked, volume II inner hinges starting. All together 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.