The Count of Monte Cristo (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Alexandre Dumas

Hardcover(Bonded Leather)

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The victim of betrayal by friends and an insidious plot to hide another's perfidy, innocent young sailor Edmond Dantes is imprisoned for life at the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After fourteen years, he makes a harrowing escape and works his way to the island of Monte Cristo, where he recovers abundant treasures whose location were made known to him by a fellow prisoner. Wealthy beyond imagination, Dantes sets about engineering the downfall and ruin of the men who stole his youth and robbed him of everything that he held dear in life.
Written in 1844, Alexandre Dumas' colorful tale of revenge, hope, and salvation is one of the best-loved classics of world literature. This 2011 edition features the full unabridged text of the novel, with its kaleidoscopic presentation of historical events and intrigues on the European continent in the early nineteenth century.
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of leasure to readers young and old, and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435132115
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 10/22/2011
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 1080
Sales rank: 1,238
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

One of the most widely read French authors famed for his historical fiction of high adventure, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) wrote more than a hundred plays and novels, including the famous Three Musketeers trilogy, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask. His books have been translated into more than 100 languages.

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Count of Monte Cristo (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
YukiLove More than 1 year ago
Le Comnte de Monte Cristo was a book I read when I was little. Now as an adult I still cherish it so I purchased the English book. I would like to take a moment to discuss the main complaints. - Gold leafing; this is true and I noticed it right when i opened the plastic covering. I quickly wiped off the extra dust and haven't had an issue since. It's just an effect of the leafing, the extra is still slightly bonded to what already bound to the paper. True it should have been cleaned off, but it's not any reason not to purchase the book. - Bad binding; well.. I haven't noticed that. I mean it's a book not a hammer... - Hard to read, doesn't make sense; If it doesn't look English it's probably a name, place or title. This book was written in french and to translate everything would make the book hard to understand. However I must add... I read this book when I was four... If you had more trouble then a four year old then we need to have a sit down. All in all this is a great book and yes unabridged. The way it should be read. Allowing someone to edit what they believe is not needed is generally a mistake. The book was actually a set of books. This book combines them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. My complaint is the quality of the binding of this particular book is far below the standards I've come to expect from these most beautiful leather bound editions. I found on my first purchase the interior front and back papers were tearing at the spine and several pages throughout the book as well. I then exchanged the book for another, but found the same problems with the second book. I'm hoping this particular book will be recalled and re-fabricated as it is one of the most beautiful books in the leather bounds and I would love to have this in my collection. I would suggest to anyone interested in buying this book to remove the wrapping on the book at the store and fully inspect the inside of the book. Open the book up and check to see if the pages tear away from the spine before making your purchase.
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. Both the content and the look are amazing. Mine is of good quality with what feels soft and smooth like leather. The paper is a good weight and the type is not too small (though I am young and have good close vision). I would totally recommend this book, and this one is a wonderful version to have.
cagebox More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the most beautiful covers of the leather bound classic sets. Great collectible edition of a true classic.
EgyBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Keep you at the edge of your seat! The Count of Monte Cristo is a wonderful story of passions. As the plot progresses, and the Count begins to execute his plan of vengeance, it gets increasingly more difficult to put the book down. I would give this ten out five stars if I could! And then there's the design of the book, which of course is the most beautiful out of all the editions of Dumas' masterpiece... although the quality of this leather-bound doesn't quite match up to it predecessors.
pmtracy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had always thought this work by Alexandre Dumas was a swashbuckling adventure novel set at sea. It¿s far more nefarious being a book about injustice and vengeance taking place within the framework of early-19th century French society.I¿ve read quite a bit of translated French literature from this period and I¿ve found it to be poorly translated and simply irrelevant to today¿s reader. This work was completely different and it can hold its own when compared to modern action-thrillers. I was surprised by the fast pace and by how much detail was presented in short time spans. Quite a bit happens within the first 100 pages which grabs you for the remaining 900.Giving a detailed plot summary is simply beyond the scope of a quick review. However, here are a few key points that will hopefully entice you to make the effort to read this novel:A guy just about to make it in the world is completely screwed over by ¿friends¿ because they¿re jealous.He lands up in prison because of some dirty secret he knows about the chief prosecutor.While in prison, he becomes highly educated and also learns of a massive treasure waiting for the taking.He escapes prison, finds the treasure and adopts a new persona.Under disguise, he uses his money and power to get even. Each person that wronged him suffers from a fate uniquely fitting of their past deeds.In the end, everyone gets what they deserve. It¿s a happy ending for some but not for most.This book is ultimately about revenge. It also shows that incredible wealth brings power and with power you can do anything.
Alix26 More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite books but not my fav B&N classics cover. There 's a bit too much gold foil on the covers but nonetheless, still a striking copy and a must-add to any classics collection.
Hollypie More than 1 year ago
I have very mixed feelings about this edition of count of monte cristo. I bought this book for my husband's birthday around a year ago. Because he said it was his favorite classic he read in highschool. It's sat on the shelf looking beautiful for many months. I decided to pick it up and read it myself finally and I have to say that it's very fragile. I collect the Barnes and Noble Leatherback classics and I love them. I have about 10 of them. This one seems to be made with the cheapest materials, compared to others from this collection. Most of the others feel more like leather, this one feels a lot like more plastic was contained in the bonded leather mixture. The gilding on the letters on the spine tend to rub off really easily. It's a bit heart breaking and especially since I had been taking great pains to treat it gently. Its a very heavy book so I place a large bed pillow on my lap to support the weight. The couple of scratches I have in the gold on the front is probably from my fingernails as I held the book reading. I do not have long fingernails at all. I noticed the scratches after I was about 300 pages into it. I am 500 pages into it now and am very careful with it. Sometimes Barnes in Noble discontinues certain of their leatherbound titles and then release a new version of the same book, often with newly designed cover. I would personally wait for a new edition to crop up because the durability of this one is not great . I gave it stars for being gorgeous and also I have enjoyed the story so far.
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Featherson More than 1 year ago
I started to have of some interests in Dumas' works; so, I decided to purchase his masterpieces. This edition is sublime in countless ways because it depicts of the settings and objects throughout the novel. The pages are a bit thin only because this book conveys of over a thousand pages for a single novel. For the binding, however, I recommend to use brush-on superglue between the spine and pages in order to tighten the binding; I have done so for all my leather bound classics, and they have been able to remain in a tight and a like new state for years. My only desire, is that Barnes and Noble create a new collectible edition for Dumas' more well known novel: the Three Musketeers--I am certain it would make a lovely single novel set. 
Laribug More than 1 year ago
I love this unabridged Monte Cristo book. Very impressed with the book design, most people thought I was reading a bible. But the gold part on the book cover kind of peeled when it got scratched, normal wear and tear I guess. I saw one typographical error, it misspelled door as "dor".  But all in all I love the binding, the paper was very smooth yet was thick enough. Book was really heavy but I still brought it to my doctor check up while waiting for my turn.  Please have more Barnes and Noble Collectible Editions! Very good value for money. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Love it! I love the story, and Dumas is one of my favourite authors. This leather bound edition, is beautiful.  When checking for classic tell-tale signs of bad printing (Like whether the lines are on top of each other when holding a leaf up to the light), I found very few. However,I did find some. Some of the pages were almost unreadable, because it seemed like the printer page didn't hit the paper enough, so it lacked ink. I had to use my imagination quite a lot in these instances. For such a long book, one can argue that the "typos" were few. I am one of those persons who get thrown off by them. Luckily, they mostly occurred in names, but I still had to check previous pages for the correct spelling just to be sure I wasn't imagining things.  I do love the gold leafing. The sound when I turn a page gives me (very good and pleasant) shivers down my spine. And the language! I love books of this era, the flowing, poetical language. The only problem, is that contemporary novels seem vulgar when you are used to "proper" language. I love the fact that this is an unabridged edition. Yes, some parts of it doesn't seem to be very necessary to the story, but I so thoroughly enjoyed it, I didn't care one bit. It took some time to read this, as I have chronic tendinitis in both arms, and the book is quite heavy (literally heavy, I can't hold it). But, I think that only gave me time to really enjoy it. To sum up: If some of the pages wasn't nearly unreadable because of the printing, this would be given 5 stars.  
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I got this as a gift for my roommate, so I can't attest to how it holds up after use, but the weight is great and the gold leafing on the pages looks wonderful. It looks like the kind of book which you could pick up at an old bookstore, which was what I was going for, so it was perfect. :)
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Norge More than 1 year ago
Simply one of the best books I've ever read. The language / translation is very rich, a delight to read. The binding is beautiful, and looks good in my collection, though it is true the gold leaf does come off too easily. But the story is wonderful, and I recommend it highly.
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printed and bound in china. 1065pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how this addition is $46 online, but $20 in the store. Pure ripoff!