First Twelevmo Edition, and Second Edition Overall Printed the Same Year as the First
HUGO, Victor. Notre-Dame de Paris. Cinquiéme édition. Paris: Charles Gosselin , 1831.
First twelvemo edition, second edition overall, printed the same year as the first edition and with no indication of later edition on title-page. Four twelvemo volumes in two (6 13/16 x 4 inches; 173 x 101 mm). Complete with half-titles which read "Oeuvres Completes de Victor Hugo. Notre-Dame de Paris. Cinquiéme edition", and with the four vignette title-pages, engraved on wood by Porret after Tony Johannot. This is two more vignettes than the first edition which only has two vignette title-pages.

Bound in contemporary half green diced morocco over marbled boards. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. All edges dyed yellow. With small red stamp "Monticelli Obizzi Crema" on half-title of volume I and the front free endpaper of volume II. Board edges and corners lightly rubbed. Some minor toning and occasional spotting. page 257 of volume II, opened rough, but not affecting text. Pages 309-312 of volume II with tear to bottom margin, not affecting text. Volume IV, page 253 with a tiny hole, between headline and first line of text. Overall, an excellent copy.

Although the half-titles state "Cinquiéme édition" this is truly the second edition and the first in twelves. Gosselin brought out the novel on 16 March 1831 in an edition of 1,100 copies, as was his general practice. The first printing was distributed into four separate issues of 275 copies each, the subsequent three issues being designated as “second edition,” “third edition,” and “fourth edition” respectively on the title-pages. They were called different editions in an attempt to make the book seem more popular, however these were all first editions, but separate issues. This present copy is designated "fifth edition" following the same linage and so therefore the second actual edition. This in-12 edition was divided into two parts marked "fifth" or "sixth edition" and both are, according to Clouzot, "very rare also".

“Johannot’s title-page vignettes for the first edition of Notre-Dame de Paris show Quasimodo in the pillory receiving a drink from Esmeralda (Volume I) and Esmeralda escorted to the gallows (Volume II)” (Ray). This second edition also includes two other vignettes including Esmeralda kneeling at the church and Esmeralda with a goat.

Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 180. Vicaire III, 267-58.

HBS # 67898 $2,250