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Remembrance of Things Past
1922 - PROUST, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. London: Chatto & Windus / Knopf, 1922-31. Eleven volumes. Original blue cloth, uncut and mostly unopened; original dust jacket (Volume II of Within a Budding Grove). $9200.First edition in English of Proust's masterpiece. Issued over a number of years by two different publishers, complete sets are quite rare.In a February 1908 letter Proust mentioned wanting to "start a rather long work." Fourteen years and some two million words later, in February of 1922, he wrote, "A la recherche du temps perdu is scarcely beginning." Proust died nine months later, still in the midst of revisions and additions. Of his magnum opus he said, "I have tried to put all my philosophy into it, to make all my `music' resonate." Cocteau described the work as "a giant miniature, full of mirages." In a contemporary review Maurice Rostand said Proust "comes to us speaking the language he alone speaks and which he has created himself to express his soul". and this masterpiece, at once so lucid and so mysterious, in which he has found the means to express what seems inexpressible, say what seems unsayable "" it is a soul under guise of a book" (Hayman, 274, 489, 387). This set consists of all first editions in English save for Cities of the Plain, first translated in 1927, here represented by the 1929 limited edition (this copy number 767 of 2230 copies); the 1927 edition of Cities of the Plain was published in New York and is not uniform with the English editions, making this combination much preferred. The final volume, Time Regained, the only volume translated by Stephen Hudson, is number 8 of a limited first edition of 1300. Without the very scarce dust jackets for 10 of the 11 volumes. The Romance Literatures III:515. Connolly 23. Contemporary owner signature.Interiors fine, with a bit of scattered foxing in first volume of Swann's Way and The Captive only. Publisher's cloth fine and beautiful; toning and wear to spine of rare dust jacket for Volume II of Within A Budding Grove. A rare set in exceptional condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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