Original dark brown cloth with front cover decoratively stamped in black and gilt and lettered in gilt, back cover decoratively stamped in black, and spine ruled in black and gilt and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Minimal rubbing to spine extremities. A few hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Otherwise an exceptionally fine and bright set. With the original publisher’s prospectus laid in. Housed in a black cloth folding case.
“The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five families, some peasant, some aristocratic, amid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th century“ (B. Mann).
Harris, p. 152.
HBS # 65785 $15,000