The Count of Monte Christo. A Romance. Two Volumes. Belfast: Simms and M'Intyre, 1846. Pp (1) 448 (with engraved publisher's advertisment 'The Parlour Novelist Series); (2) 464. Half calf, marbled bords. Five raised bands ruled in gilt; volume numbers stamped in gilt, lacks letter-pieces. Both volumes slightly bowed, light shelf wear, title-page to vol 2 browned with neat ownership name to upper margin, otherwise contents in good condition.
The first translation of the French classic into English (also the first Irish edition) published just one year after the original French edition. Comprising volumes 8 & 9 of the Parlour Novelist Series of Celebrated Authors, featuring the first unabridged translation of the novel by Emma Hardy. The first titled 'The Chateau D'If: A Romance' with the other two parts (offered here) issued as 'The Count of Monte Christo. A Romance' (Being A Sequal To The Chateau D'If) volumes I and II.
Along with The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo cemented Dumas’ reputation as France’s premier adventure writer and a forefather of popular fiction. "the outstanding work of fiction to reveal the futility of human vengeance, even when it attains its utmost completeness. One of the best thrillers ever written" (Reid, 134).