Bouvard and Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert
Illustrated with Notations by Andrew Hoyem
Arion Press, 2016, Limited Edition, 9 of 300
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a limited edition of “Bouvard and Pécuchet” published by the Arion Press in 2016 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 9. From the publisher, “the French master Gustave Flaubert’s last work, the comic novel Bouvard & Pécuchet. Written during the last six years of Flaubert’s life, it was the concluding and all-consuming effort of his career. Although he never finished it, the work is a masterpiece of satire and humor just as it is.”
In the introduction, the prize-winning translator and critic Mark Polizzotti, writes: “Bouvard and Pécuchet is not only a great precursor of Modernism--this ‘epic of ordinary life,’ as its author called it, this comic panorama in which nothing happens, anticipates not only Joyce and Musil but also the amusing non-plots of films like Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise or TV shows like Seinfeld.”
The book measures 13.875” x 10” with 232 pages printed in two colors throughout. The book is sewn by hand and bound in covers with two colors of cloth, blue-green and violet-magenta, and is presented in a cloth-covered slipcase. The paper is a mould-made sheet from the Magnani mill in Italy and the edition is set in a rare Czechoslovakian type named for its designer, Oldrich Menhart (1897-1962), a calligrapher, lettering artist, and type designer of over twenty faces.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the book and slipcase appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."