This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... XII. I Do not know how long I sat on that seat in the Champs Elysees, with the tempestuous rain beating down upon me, - ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... XII. I Do not know how long I sat on that seat in the Champs Elysees, with the tempestuous rain beating down upon me, --the desperate conflict I had had with my own worser self had rendered me insensible to the flight of time. So numbed was I with outward cold and inward misery, --so utterly blind to all external surroundings, that I was as startled as though a pistol-shot had been fired close to me when a hand fell on my shoulder, and a harsh, half-laughing voice exclaimed-- "Gaston Beauvais, by all the gods and goddesses! Gaston Beauvais, drenched as a caught rat in a relentless housekeeper's pail! What the devil are you doing here at this time of night, mon beau riche? You, with limitless francs at your command, and good luck showering its honey-dew persistently on your selected fortunate head, --what may be your object in thus fraternizing with the elements, and striving to match them groan for groan, scowl for scowl? By my faith! --I can hardly believe that this soaked and dripping bundle of good clothes spoilt is actually yourself!" I looked up, forced a smile, and held out my hand. I recognized the speaker, --indeed he was too remarkable a character in his way to be for an instant mistaken. All Paris knew Andre" Gessonex, --a poor wretch, of an artist, who painted pictures that were too extraordinary and risque for any respectable householder to buy, and who eked out a bare living by his decollete sketches, in black and white, of all the noted danseuses a, nd burlesque actresses in the city. His bizarre figure, clad in its threadbare and nondescript garb, was familiar to every frequenter of the Boulevards, --and, in truth, it was eccentric enough to attract the most casual stranger's attention His pinched and shrunken legs were covered...Read Less
Near Fine. This is a large-format paperback (8"x11"), not dated, but probably from the 1980's, prior to the age of digital reprints. Included is the author's preface dated 1890 stating that this is the Authorized Version, and fie upon the many unauthorized versions circulating around the United States. Reader beware. This is a most attractive copy for the general reader, which will not strain your eyes. There is just a touch of shelfwear to the covers.
Good. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. There is only 1 date which is on the Special Preface to the Authorized American Edition which is 1890. This is No.13. Pages yellowed. Covers are soiled and some stains. Front top corner was folded. Rubbings on corners.
Good. No Jacket. Good Hardcover with No DJ. Moderate soiling and shelfwear to covers. Textblock mildly soiled. Inside covers and endpapers yellowing. Spine ends bumped and lightly rubbed. A few pages lightly soiled. Otherwise, pages clean and tight in binding. Pictures available upon request. A locally owned, independent book shop since 1984.
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