Paris: Baudry, 1844. First Edition. 1/2 morocco. 8 vols. in 4. 1st edition (in French), the authentic authorized Paris 1st printing. Scarce (OCLC lists 7 sets). A daily serialization in the newspaper Le Siècle (The Century) precedes, as do some of the multi–volume serializations by the Brussels pirates. Half French morocco, light foxing to first and last few pages, else fine, tall, wide, and complete (8 volumes, 8 half–titles, 8 contents leaves), unmarked internally by pen, pencil or stamp, and unworn externally. A superior copy of the most famous historical romance in the history of literature. Near fine. Item #54
If Le Chevalier D’Harmental (1842) is Dumas’ first great historical novel (and it is), then Mousquetaires is the one that is most universally applauded as his best, despite La Reine Margot (1845) being equal in plotline and characters, and finer in style. Le Comte de Monte–Cristo (1845) is also Mousquetaires’ equal from every aspect, but it is the odd Dumas novel that is not, strictly, historical romance.