Title: The Count of Monte Cristo, Four Volumes Bound in One
Author: Alexandre Dumas, Andre Maurois (intro), Lynd Ward (illus)
Publisher: Easton Press, 2003. Collector’s Edition, From the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written series.
Condition: Hardcover, dark blue leather. Like new except for slight wear on tip of the bottom edge. Very very heavy.
About the edition:
A beautiful collector’s edition, this book features:
- Full deep blue top-grade leather binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Silk moire endsheets
- Satin bookmark, sewn-in
- Hubbed spine with 4 raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
About the contents:
The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered to be, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas’ most popular work. He completed the work in 1844.
The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness.
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.”