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Dumas, Alexandre
Le Collier de la Reine; [The Queen's Necklace]
Brussels: Meline, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 6 vols. in 3. 1st edition, following the 1849-50 serialization in La Presse (Paris' first penny newspaper), but our edition precedes Cadot's 11 vol. Paris edition, and is generally simultaneous with 5 other 1849-50 Brussels editions, 1 from Leipzig, 1 from Berlin, and 2 partial NY editions. The exact issue date of each volume of each edition is not clear and the guesses lack the facts to be credible, but here is what seems to be. Lebègue's Brussels edition that Munro (Alexandre Dumas Pere. A Bibliography of Works Published in French) lists as the 6th edition, is almost certainly the 1st with only 29% of it dated 1850 (the data that usually forecasts earliest issue of the complete novel when publication occurs over 2 calendar years), with all other editions more (ours at 50%). And though the title page dates are not entirely dependable, that's all we can lean on in lieu of firmer conflicting data. In a giddy fit, Munro, lists 2 NY editions in French as the 1st and 2nd, extrapolating his chronology from too rigid a count-up of the dates (the NY editions had no volumes dated 1850). But the reason was that both NY publishers quit publishing their failed editions before the book was finished. Munro does note that the NY editions were "certainly incomplete" but instead of ignoring them in favor of publishers that actually put out the whole book, he idly assigns prime order of issue to them as if they were complete, and as if their publishers finished printing first, rather than stopped printing first, an advantage alw … [Click Below for Full Description]
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