Book: The Human Comedy
Published in 1893, this copy of Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy, published by Peter Fenelon Collier, ranks way up there with The Leisure Hour and The Pathology of Princes in terms of sheer wonder at how it made it into the Biblio-Mat as even though it’s just volume one of three, it’s a gorgeous book that contained a wide selection of his short stories in their entirety.
|A tad bit of sun-fading.
The spine was a bit faded but the cover survived the last hundred and twenty-one years extremely well. The gilded lettering kept its brilliance on the embossed black cloth cover with just a few nicks here and there. The 464 interior pages also held up nicely, however, there are only a handful of illustrations inside.
I’ve never studied or read Balzac, being more focused on English Lit, but he being one of authors who kicked off the realism movement, I knew a bit about his works and his immense influence on modern literature, which adds to the amazement that this was in the machine. I didn’t have any intentions to read a Biblio-Mat book cover to cover again this year but with a century-old translated copy of La Comédie humaine at my fingertips, more than a few nights are going be spent delving into French society in the 1800’s.