A Luxurious 2 Volume Leather Bound Set of only 400 Produced
The Easton Press, 2012. Norwalk, CT. THE THREE MUSKETEERS. The complete two-volume set Limited Edition re-creation of the 1894 English language edition, incorporating Alexandre Dumas' timeless classic with over 250 masterful illustrations by historical French painter, Maurice Leloir, whose illustrations were the basis for the cinematography of the 1921 silent film version, starring Douglas Fairbanks.
Both a literary and artistic jewel, these over-sized volumes (7 1/2" x 11 1/4") are bound in full premium red leather, with a raised "hubbed" spine embossed with genuine 22kt gold, Florentine stamping on the inside of the covers, and including the original cover design from the 19th Century edition, beautifully stamped in two colors. Printed on acid-neutral paper, with Smyth-sewn pages and printed marbled endsheets, it includes a matching red cloth slipcase and the publisher's original box and bookplates.
Each of the 400 hand-numbered copies comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity from Easton Press. One of Dumas' most celebrated works, this two-volume showpiece makes an outstanding library addition for the savvy collector of illustrated books.
Condition: As New, sealed in the original shrink-wrap
Includes the classic Easton Press qualities:
* Premium Leather
* Silk Moire Endleaves
* Distinctive Cover Design
* Hubbed Spine, Accented in Real 22KT Gold
* Satin Ribbon Page Marker
* Gilded Page Edges
* Long-lasting, High Quality Acid-neutral Paper
* Smyth-sewn Pages for Strength and Durability
* Beautiful Illustrations
The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, first serialized in March–July 1844. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto "all for one, one for all" ("un pour tous, tous pour un"), a motto which is first put forth by d'Artagnan.
The story of d'Artagnan is continued in Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. Those three novels by Dumas are together known as the d'Artagnan Romances.
The Three Musketeers was first published in serial form in the newspaper Le Siècle between March and July 1844.
When Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers he also was a practising fencer and like many other French gentlemen of his generation he attended the schools for Canne de combat and Savate of Michel Casseux, Charles Lecour and Joseph Charlemont (who had been a regular fencing instructor in the French army).