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Les Frères Zemganno
Paris: G. Charpentier, 1879. 12mo signed in sixes. (7 x 4 1/2 inches). Half-title. Contemporary dark green morocco by David, covers with triple fillet border, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third compartments, the others with repeat decoration in gilt centering on a stylised pomegranate tool, elaborately tooled turn- ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine inscribed copy of the limited issue of the first edition of Goncourt's novel, in an elegant contemporary Parisian binding. This is number 5 of 100 copies of the first edition printed on 'papier de Hollande'. The inscription, on the half- title, reads 'à M. Leon Rattier / Comme un gage des sympathies / amicales de l'auteur. / Edmond de Goncourt ': the recipient Léon Rattier, as well as being a bibliophile and collector of note, was also married to de Goncourt's cousin Fédora. The subsequent owner, author Louis Auchincloss, is best known for his chronicles of life amongst the patrician class of America's east coast. In contrast: the present work superficially concerns the lives of the Zemganno brothers, acrobats in France during the latter part of the 19th century. De Goncourt is said to have based his fictional brothers in part on the real-life Hanlon-Lees troupe of acrobats, but actually used the story of his fictional brothers, Nello and Gianni, to explore his own relationship with his brother Jules who had died in 1870. Edmond saw that the level of intellectual support they offered each other in their professional and personal lives was analagous to physical interdependence of the fictional acrobat brothers. Vicaire, III, 1060
      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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