Very Good. Item #9070
Paris: Delloye et Lecou, 1838. First Edition. Two volumes; octavo; full contemporary black gilt-ruled morocco, boards elaborately embossed in blind, gilt spines, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers; ,483; xvi,499pp. Boards quite scuffed with exposure at corners, textblock uniformly toned and rather foxed, else a Good to Very Good, sound set.
Miscellaneous works by the French author and statesman, the first volume covering his travels through France, England, and Prussia. The second volume chiefly devoted to articles of literary history and criticism, including a lengthy essay on poetry of the "last fifteen years," heavily featuring a young Victor Hugo. Nisard, himself a fierce opponent of Romanticism, despairs of Hugo's three latest works ("Études sur Mirabeau," "Angelo," and "Chants du Crépuscule") as entirely too decadent.