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MADAME BOVARY
Paris: A. Ferroud, 1905. No. IV OF 10 COPIES printed on Whatman paper and initialed by the publisher (from a total issue of 670) n. Hardcover. 318 x 229 mm (12 1/2 x 9"). 3 p.l., iv, 334 pp., [1] leaf (colophon). No. IV OF 10 COPIES printed on Whatman paper and initialed by the publisher (from a total issue of 670). ELEGANT DEEP BLUE STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, BY GEORGES MERCIER (stamp-signed on front doublure), covers with multiple-fillet gilt frame, wide raised bands decorated in blind and gilt, spine compartments featuring a fleuron centerpiece enclosed by multiple gilt rules and ornamental cornerpieces, gilt titling, POLISHED CALF DOUBLURES with a frame composed of 11 gilt fillets, navy watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt. In the original morocco-trimmed, leather-lined chemise and matching slipcase. WITH 81 WOOD-ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS by C. Chessa after drawings by Alfred de Richemont (comprising 20 full-page plates, a title vignette, and six head- and tailpieces, all with additional proofs in two states). A Large Paper Copy. With the original prospectus bound in at rear. Verso to final blank with red Oriental "chop" stamp of previous owner "Jean." IN ESSENTIALLY MINT CONDITION. This is a substantial binding of considerable beauty and dignity executed by Georges Mercier, who studied and worked with his father, the famous binder and gilder Émile-Philippe Mercier (the binding is signed "G Mercier S[uccesseu]r de son pere" ["Successor of his father"]). The younger Mercier joined his father's workshop in 1898 and took over as head of the firm at his father's death 12 years later. He had big shoes to fill, as Émile-Philippe was considered, at least by Prideaux, to be the finest gilder of his time, but the present volume is an indication that the son could produce notable work that manifested a refined sense of design as well as unerring execution. "Madame Bovary" is the first and by far the most celebrated novel published by Gustave Flaubert (1821-80). The relatively simple plot tells the story of a provincial physician's wife who lives more extravagantly than her means allow and who embarks on a series of adulterous affairs in reaction to a life suffused with mundanity. The novel led to an obscenity trial which resulted in Flaubert's acquittal and a predictable inflation of public interest in the work. It has become a novel of very widespread influence, being generally considered the font from which modern literary realism has flowed. Our elegant binding is a suitable covering for the present deluxe, strictly limited version of this edition, which is printed on high-quality paper and with its plates present in multiple states.
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