Title: The Adventures of the Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Man in the Iron Mask (3-volume set)
Author: Alexandre Dumas, George MacDonald Fraser (intro), Roman Pisarev (illus)
Publisher: The Folio Society, 2009
Condition: New and perfect. Bound in buckram. 1,960 pages in total. 12 full page illustrations in each volume. 10″ × 6¾”. Huge and magnificent!
Historical adventure has rarely been more swashbuckling than in the tales of d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Pursuing deadly foes and female affections with equal vigour, they play a heroic role in nearly half a century of turbulent French history, rubbing shoulders with such personalities as Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIV and Oliver Cromwell along the way. The saga begins in 1625, when a headstrong young man from Gascony arrives in Paris to seek fame and fortune. Within days his swordsmanship has won him the respect and friendship of three of the King’s most brilliant musketeers. In Twenty Years After, the friends join forces once again in an audacious plan to rescue King Charles I from the executioner’s block. The saga concludes in the 1660s with The Man in the Iron Mask. Louis XIV’s colourful and calculating court provides the setting for their last adventure, the rescue of Philippe, the King’s twin brother. Alexandre Dumas was one of the most fêted authors of 19th-century France, and his books are still among the best-loved and thrilling adventures ever written.
‘Ah! Athos, Porthos and Aramis, you are a magnificent trio’
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY