The First English Edition in Original Cloth of The Count of Monte-Cristo
DUMAS, Alexandre. Count of Monte-Cristo. With Twenty Illustrations, Drawn on Wood by M. Valentin, and Executed by the Most Eminent English Engravers, Under the Superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. [II.] London: Chapman and Hall , 1846.
First edition in English in book form. Two octavo volumes (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 227 x 140 mm). iv, 464; iv, 464 pp. Complete. With twenty woodcut plates (including frontispieces) by M. Valentin (designed for the English edition).

Original green cloth, covers decoratively blocked in blind, spines lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Minimal bumping to extremities. A few small spots on cloth. Spines very lightly sunned. Plates in volume I with some foxing, but text very clean and volume II also very clean. A couple signatures standing proud in volume II. Previous owner's small bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. Overall an excellent copy with the gilt extremely bright and without restoration or wear of this rare and much sought-after title. Housed together in a custom cloth slipcase.

The Count of Monte-Cristo first appeared in English as an illustrated serial in the London Journal earlier this same year. “No translator’s name is given, yet it is interesting to note that almost every successive English edition has been based upon his work” (Reed).

F.W. Reed, quoting Maurice Baring, calls The Count of Monte Cristo "The most popular book in the world." The novel first appeared serially in the Parisian newspaper Le Journal des debats, from 28 August 1844 to 15 January 1846, and in fact met with tremendous success from the very first.

Reed, pp. 175-176.

HBS # 67920 $37,500