Les Sept Peches Capitaux by L'Orgeil 1848 (French)
LES SEPT PECHES CAPITAUX. By L'ORGUEIL. LA DUCHESSE, PAR EUGENE SUE, ALP. LEBEGUE, IMPRIMEUR-EDITEUR, BRUXELLES, 1848, TROISIEME VOLUME
[English: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS. PRIDE. DUCHESS BY EUGENE SUE ALP. LEBEGUE, printer and publisher, BRUSSELS, 1848 THIRD VOLUME].
Marbled paper over boards with spine leather & corner tips and NO cover title, and brown endpapers (possibly recased), with 1-1/4 top section of Half-Title page that has newer paper attached. Some light moderate rub marks to cover and cover edges. Light scattered foxing otherwise clean & clear text pages. 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 with 139 pages. Assumed First Edition. Written in French. Rare!
Written by The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica:
Eugène Sue, pseudonym of Marie-joseph Sue (1804-1857), French author of sensational novels of the seamy side of urban life and a leading exponent of the roman-feuilleton (“newspaper serial”). His works, although faulted for their melodramatics, were the first to deal with many of the social ills that accompanied the Industrial Revolution in France.
Sue’s early experiences as a naval surgeon prompted his first books, several highly coloured sea stories (e.g., Plik et Plok, 1831). He also wrote a number of historical novels and worked as a journalist. Having inherited a fortune from his father, Sue became a well-known dandy. His carriage and horses, pack of beagles, and displays of luxury made him the talk of Paris. He was one of the first members of the exclusive French Jockey Club (1834). He depicted contemporary “high life” in Arthur (1838) and Mathilde (1841). The latter showed socialist tendencies, and Sue turned in this direction in Les Mystères de Paris (1842–43; The Mysteries of Paris)—which influenced Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables—and Le Juif errant (1844–45; The Wandering Jew).