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The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas 1879.
PRESENTING A RARE FIRST EDITION hardback copy of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Author of “The Three Musketeers”, “Twenty Years After”, ETC. with Illustrations, published by George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, London and New York: 416 Broome Street – 1879
Whilst there are other First Editions of this famous Book….starting in 1844…..this is the First Edition of the 1879 Routledge Illustrated Edition in one Volume.
This RARE book is in fair to good condition. Some wear to the cover. Some minor foxing and some loosening to the string binding, but ‘all in all’ in good condition for it’s age. All pages are intact, as are all illustrations.
As an ADDED BONUS….this book was owned and is signed by it’s first owner, Rosa McMillan of Waxahachie, Texas (daughter of Judge McMillan), who became a prominent Dallas Socialite in the early 20th Century. It is signed and dated by her December 24th.
Alexandre Dumas (/duːˈmɑː, djuː-/; French: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ dyma]; born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie [dyma davi də la pajətʁi]; 24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas, père (“father”), was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas’ last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by scholar Claude Schopp and published in 2005. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier.
Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totalled 100,000 pages. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris.
His father, General Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, was born in the French colony of Saint-Domingue(present-day Haiti) to Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, a French nobleman, and Marie-Cessette Dumas, a slave of African descent. At age 14 Thomas-Alexandre was taken by his father to France, where he was educated in a military academy and entered the military for what became an illustrious career.
Dumas’ father’s aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans. He later began working as a writer, finding early success. Decades later, in the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favour and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years. Upon leaving Belgium, Dumas moved to Russia for a few years before going to Italy. In 1861, he founded and published the newspaper L’Indipendente, which supported the Italian unification effort. In 1864, he returned to Paris.
The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (père) completed in 1844. It is one of the author’s most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers.Like many of his novels, it was expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. Another important work by Dumas, written prior to his work with Maquet, was the short novel “Georges”; this novel is of particular interest to scholars because Dumas reused many of the ideas and plot devices later in The Count of Monte Cristo.
The story takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. It begins just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. It centres on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His plans have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty. The book is a story of romance, loyalty, betrayal, vengeance, selfishness, and justice.
The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, “The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization’s literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah’s flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood.”
The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas 1879.
Provenance: Part of the Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection.
Dimensions: 7.5″ x 5.5″
Condition: Good ORIGINAL CONDITION.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas 1879