‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ was written by the French poet and novelist Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885), considered one of the greatest French writers, Hugo also wrote the equally acclaimed novel ‘Les Miserables’. First published in 1831, the Romantic Gothic novel tells the story of Notre Dame’s bell ringing hunchback Quasimodo, and his love for the gypsy girl Esmeralda. Set in 1482, the writing is full of descriptive passages of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, in order to increase awareness of the value of the Gothic architecture of Paris, which at the time was neglected and often destroyed to be replaced by new buildings.
Victor Hugo. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 1834
Hanging Books are title page reproductions of antique books that are handmade from old and antique books which are damaged, and are repaired are re-purposed to be hung on a wall for a unique display. The books display the title pages from one or antiquarian books based upon a certain theme. The size and colour of each book varies.