single page item is a reproduction of the first page of Victor
Hugos classic story, Les Miserables. It makes for a
terrific piece to frame and decorate a study or bedroom!
page is standard 8.5" x 11" in size and has been
hand antiqued via our own unique paper aging process to achieve
a look you wont find anywhere else.
actual page contains the following text (though please note
that the formatting and font will be different as viewed on
this page see photo for exact formatting and look!):
1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-He
was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had
occupied the see of D- since 1806.
this detail has no connection whatever with the real substance
of what we are about to relate, it will not be superfluous,
if merely for the sake of exactness in all points, to mention
here the various rumors and remarks which had been in circulation
about him from the very momenmwhen he arrived in the diocese.
True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as
important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies,
as that which they do. M. Myriel was the son of a councillor
of the Parliament of Aix; hence he belonged to the nobility
of the bar. It was said that his father, destining him to
be the heir of his own post, had married him at a very early
age, eighteen or twenty, in accordance with a custom which
is rather widely prevalent in parliamentary families. In spite
of this marriage, however, it was said that Charles Myriel
created a great deal of talk. He was well formed, though rather
short in stature, elegant, graceful, intelligent; the whole
of the first portion of his life had been devoted to the world
and to gallantry.
Revolution came; events succeeded each other with precipitation;
the parliamentary families, decimated, pursued, hunted down,
were dispersed. M. Charles Myriel emigrated to Italy at the
very beginning of the Revolution. There his wife died of a
malady of the chest, from which she had long suffered. He
had no children. What took place next in the fate of M. Myriel?
The ruin of the French society of the olden days, the fall
of his own family, the tragic spectacles of 93, which
were, perhaps, even more alarming to the emigrants who viewed
them from a distance, with the magnifying powers of terror,did
these cause the ideas of renunciation and solitude to germinate
in him? Was he, in the midst of
antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold
in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although
its difficult to catch with a camera, you can see in
the image below how the shimmering is caught in the light)
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