THE TOILERS OF THE SEA
STOP PRESS: The Folio Society's edition of The Toilers of the Sea has now sold out.
When Hugo finished the manuscript of the Toilers of the Sea he took it into St Peter Port and asked his bookbinder to bind in 36 of his illustrations and paintings.
While he was writing his great novel Hugo had drawn and painted incessantly, returning time and again to scenes from his story. He doodled in the margins of the manuscript, he would stop writing and instantly start to sketch using the same quill. The writing and the art works were two parts of a single work of art and no one knew that better than Victor Hugo himself.
Amazingly, this his greatest work has never been published with all his illustrations. Indeed the full text has only ever been fully published in English once.
Joe Whitlock- Blundell, Head of Production at the Folio Society, who is, as you might suspect, a very bookish fellow. Joe was persuaded that a full translation of Hugo's great novel, published complete with his 36 illustrations is a good idea, he has been kind enough to send me a picture of the finished book.
The book was published as one of Folio's stunning limited editions. With only 1500 copies for sale at £195 each. Each will contained the full text in english and beautiful reproductions of Hugo's 36 illustrations, reproduced from the originals, by kind permission of the Bibliotecque Nationale in Paris. The books were quarter leather bound and feature Hugo's artwork on the covers and on the slipcase.