War and Peace, A Historical Novel. (COMPLETE SIX VOLUME SET) Before Tilsit 1805-1807; The Invasion 1807-1812; Borodino, the French at Moscow, Epilogue, 1812-1820

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War and Peace, A Historical Novel. (COMPLETE SIX VOLUME SET) Before Tilsit 1805-1807; The Invasion 1807-1812; Borodino, the French at Moscow, Epilogue, 1812-1820

Tolstoi, Count Leon (Tolstoy); From the French by Clara Bell

New York : William S. Gottsberger, 1887


Six octavo volumes. Mixed set of second and third editions. Original brown cloth, blind stamped dentelles and gilt vignettes to front boards. Light rubbing. Contemporary signature of Alfred Goodwin, 1889 to front flyleafs. Minor toning to pages.

Part One: Before Tilsit 1805-1807, both published 1888: 322pp., [14] ads; 357pp.[2] ads; Part Two: The Invasion 1807-1812, both published 1887: 321pp.; 170pp. [8] ads; Part Three: Borodino, The French at Moscow, Epilogue 1812-1820, both published 1887: 290pp., [14] ads and 391pp. 

"The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five families, some peasant, some aristocratic, amid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th century" (B. Mann). Harris, p. 152. HBS 65785. $15,000. Harris, page 152. (first edition)

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