Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

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This is a handsome collectible hardcover. International Collectors Library, 1951 (reprint). Abridged for modern reading. Illustrated by Margot Tomes. This copy is handsome maroon stamped faux leather cover with gold gilt trim front and spine. Stamped in gold gilt along with top page edges. This is only a hint of wear from display. Binding is tight and straight. Inside pages are very clean, no marks, writing etc. Attached silk ribbon book mark. Excellent collectible copy for any literary library. Handsome burgundy endpapers inside front and back.

Set in Paris 1819, this novel follows the intertwined lived of 3 characters. The novel was originally published in serial form around 1834-35. It is one of the authors most important works, and features characters who had appeared in other books. It is set in a France that is changing rapidly and the author analyzes the nature of family and marriage, offering a pessimistic view of the institutions.

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