Madame Bovary: A Story of a Provincial Life by Gustave Flaubert
Published by The Franklin Library in 1979
Signed Custom Full Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Beautiful contemporary full leather binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in rich blue morocco leather that has raised bands to the spine, gilt titling, and gilt ruling. The covers have gilt lines to the boards with geometric stops. There are hand-marbled endpapers, hand-sewn silk headbands, and all page ends are gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the first free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published in installments in the Revue de Paris from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15, 1856 and in book form in 1857, this is the Franklin Library edition published in 1979 that features the translation by Francis Steegmuller and illustrations by Skip Liepke. Roger Clark, University of Kent at Canterbury, commenting on Madame Bovary wrote, “Castigated for offending against public decency, Madame Bovary has rarely failed to cause a storm. For Flaubert's contemporaries, the fascination came from the novelist's meticulous account of provincial matters. For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his anguished quest for aesthetic perfection. For his twentieth-century successors the formal experiments that underpin Madame Bovary look forward to the innovations of contemporary fiction. Flaubert's protagonist in particular has never ceased to fascinate. Romantic heroine or middle-class neurotic, flawed wife and mother or passionate protester against the conventions of bourgeois society, simultaneously the subject of Flaubert's admiration and the butt of his irony - Emma Bovary remains one of the most enigmatic of fictional creations. Flaubert's meticulous approach to the craft of fiction, his portrayal of contemporary reality, his representation of an unforgettable cast of characters make Madame Bovary one of the major landmarks of modern fiction.”
Measures approximately 8.875” x 6” with 423 pages.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with a rub to bottom gold gilted page ends. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the great works of literature.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.