Lot 4009: Rare fountain pen signature and inscription, "A Monsieur Georges Felix Marchand, Affectueux souvenir, Marcel Proust," on a toned 4.25 x 7 sheet bound into an early edition of Swann's Way as a free end page. Book: A la recherche du temps perdu, Du cote de chez Swann [In Search of Lost Time, Swann's Way]. Second edition. Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1914. Beautifully custom bound in full yellow leather with three inlaid title pieces to spine and a gilt-stamped madeleine to front board, 5.25 x 7.75, 524 pages. Autographic condition: very good. Book condition: VG+/None (rebound, with a few pages restored).
Born in 1874, Georges-Felix Marchand was a French diplomat and friend of Proust. Swann's Way, the first volume of Proust's magnificent seven-volume In Search of Lost Time, was first published in 1913 when, after having the manuscript rejected, Proust paid for the printing himself. This beautifully bound volume alludes to the 'episode of the madeleine,' which occurs early on in Swann's Way and introduces the central thematic element of involuntary memory. Widely acclaimed by critics as a modernist classic, Swann's Way takes a place as one of the most influential works of the 20th century.
RR Auction's Mario Puzo Archive And Literary Rarities Auction 470
Thursday, 18th February 2016
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