Madame Bovary. Moeurs de province.
Paris, Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930
A large collection from the publisher's Javal and Bordeaux of illustrations for Flaubert's novel.
Flaubert's first published novel. 'Madame Bovary, the story of the adulteries and suicide of a doctor's wife in provincial Normandy, is notable for its rigorous psychological development, and manifests the qualities that mark all his mature work: authenticity of detail, an impersonal narrative method, a precise and harmonious style. Certain passages having been judged to be offensive to public morals, Flaubert, his publisher, and his printer were tried but acquitted' (Drabble).
Unique extra-illustrated example, limited edition printed hors-commerce on japon imperial for Monsieur Dumouchel, from a total edition of 525; 3 vols; 4to; illustrated with 25 monochrome etchings (of which 22 are hors-texte by Charles Huard and with two original copper plates by Huard, colour drawings throughout the text by Theodore van Elsen, signed and dated 1933, also loose are 9 wash drawings and 4 watercolours signed by Huard and a set of prospectus; vol II contains a suite of 30 colour drawings to illustrate the work, loose in an illustrated wrapper by van Elsen, with each drawing with tissue guards and mounted on blue paper, a suite of 20 original watercolours also to illustrate the work signed and captioned in pencil by Louis Ibels loose in an illustrated wrapper, dated 1933; vol.3 contains over 100 original drawings signed by Carlo Farneti to illustrate the work, 4 original watercolours by Louise Ibels and 2 signed watercolours by Leon Courbouleix; all house in modern maroon morocco boxes with gilt detail and lettering; a fine copy.
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