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Peguy and Les Cahiers De La Quinzaine, (Marie Madeleine Motier)
1 (Marie Madeleine Motier) Peguy and Les Cahiers De La Quinzaine
London Dennis Dobson 1946 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a small name to front endpaper and light foxing to closed edges and endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket has light wear to edges, two small repaired closed tears and is not price clipped.232 pages. 5 illustrations. Translated from the French by Ruth Bethell. Charles Péguy (1873-1914) was a noted French poet, essayist, and editor, and Catholicism strongly influenced his works. It is remarkable that no book has yet been produced in England about Péguy, and this translation from the French fills the gap. It is a complete biography taking in the whole of Péguy's life from childhood to his death on the Marne in 1914, by a bullet to the forehead. The author was his friend and colleague for many years. 
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Madame De Sevigne: A Portrait in Letters, Allentuch, Harriet Ray
2 Allentuch, Harriet Ray Madame De Sevigne: A Portrait in Letters
Connecticut Greenwood Press 1978 031320537X / 9780313205378 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Black title on mustard cloth boards which have a few minor marks. Internally very clean and unmarked. Reprinted from the 1963 John Hopkins Press. xv + 219 pages. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Madame Sevigne (1626-1696) . Famous for her correspondence over twenty five years . **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Stendhal  -  A Biography, Alter, Robert     (in Collaboration with Carol Cosman)
3 Alter, Robert (in Collaboration with Carol Cosman) Stendhal - A Biography
London George Allen and Unwin 1980 0049280422 / 9780049280427 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. xiii + 285 pages. 18 illustrations. Tracing the connections between the almost comic succession of failures in Stendhal's life and the enduring triumphs of his art, Robert Alter illuminates the process through which the writer's public and private experience fed into his great literary works. An engrossing and stylish critical biography which reveals how an unprepossessing and far from successful French minor official, born and raised in the provinces, and whose sense of society was shaped by the upheavals of pre- and post-Napoleonic Europe, should have become one of the most brilliant and imaginative of guides to the promises and pitfalls of sexual and worldly ambitions. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Goncourt Brothers, Billy, Andre
4 Billy, Andre The Goncourt Brothers
London Andre Deutsch 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on orange boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is age tonig to endpapers, a little light foxing to to and fore edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket has a repaired closed tear and light wear and is not price clipped. 351 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Translated from the French by Margaret Shaw. Jules and Edmmond de Goncourt were the most remarkable pair of collaborators in the history of literature. Their lives were dedicated to each other and to the art of writing, to the exclusion of anything else of importance. As novelists, they were pioneers of realism; their books, in which the single-minded serch for truth sometimes resulted in over-documentation, are seldom read today, but their influence on the development of novel-writing cannot be overestimated. The brothers also acted as guides to the aesthetic taste of their time, notably in their enthusiasm for the 18th century and for the art of Japan. But it is their journals in which they recorded in minutest detail the French literary scene of th 19th century, which have assured their immortality. 
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Anatole France Abroad, Brousson, Jean Jacques
5 Brousson, Jean Jacques Anatole France Abroad
London Thornton Butterworth 1927 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt titles on purple cloth boards with gilt still bright, fading to spine and spine sides but no wear. Internally there is foxing to closed edges, endpapers and to the margins of a few pages else a clean, tight copy. Fore and lower page edges uncut. 301 pages. Photographic portrait frontispiece. An excellent biography of the celebrated author. 
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Places, Colette
6 Colette Places
London Peter Owen 1970 0720662036 / 9780720662030 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on black cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean and unmarked. A Fine copy. Dustjacket is price clipped and has a small chip to front top edge. Translated from the French by David Le Vay with an introduction by Margaret Crosland. Photo of Colette to frontispiece and 4 other illustrations. A collection of reminiscences, now published in English for the first time, Colettte writes about the various places where she lived and which she visited. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Malraux Life and Work, Courcel, Martine De (Editor)
7 Courcel, Martine De (Editor) Malraux Life and Work
London Weidenfeld and Nicholson 1976 0297771779 / 9780297771777 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on black cloth boards. A near Fine unmarked copy. Slightly chipped dustjacket showing contributors and a stylised portrait of Malraux is not price clipped. Includes a major new essay especially written for this book by Malraux. Contributors include Isaiah Berlin, E.H. Gombrich,Walter Langlois, Hugh Thomas and Tadao Takemoto and 13 others. 37 illustrations. 
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Madame Colette  -  A Provincial In Paris, Crosland, Margaret
8 Crosland, Margaret Madame Colette - A Provincial In Paris
London Peter Owen 1953 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on blue cloth boards which have fading to spine and just a touch of wear to spine head and tail. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. 222 pages. Photograph of Colette to frontispiece and 6 other illustrations. An excellent later biography of Colette which includes a useful bibliography. 
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The French Procession  -  A Pageant of Great Writers, Duclaux, Madame Mary
9 Duclaux, Madame Mary The French Procession - A Pageant of Great Writers
London T. Fisher Unwin 1909 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on spine with blind embossed title to front on blue cloth boards which have just a little wear to spine head and tail and corner tips and just a few very small light marks to front. Internally there is light foxing to endpapers and to closed edges, the odd spot to some pages and a small tear and crease to one rear endpaper margin, else clean, tight and unmarked. xiii + 358 pages. 6 plates as called for. Comprises: French poetry, Ronsard, Louis Quatorze, Racine, Fénelon, Fontenelle - the Prophet of Science, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Choderlos de Laclos, La Rochefoucauld Liancourt, Saint-Simon, Auguste Comte, Victor Hugo, George Sand, Balzac, Alfred de Musset, Baudelaire, Gobineau, Michelet, Ernest Renan, Flaubert, Taine, Berthelot, Gaston Paris, Ferdinand Brunetière, Anatole France 
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Memoirs and Correspondence of Madame D'Epinay, Epinay, Madame D'
10 Epinay, Madame D' Memoirs and Correspondence of Madame D'Epinay
London George Routledge 1930 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which have a few minor marks and bumping to lower corner tips. Internally there is a neat signature, place and date to front endpaper else clean, tight and unmarked. 315 pages. Portrait of Madame D'Epinay to frontispiece and 3 other plates. Fore and lower edges uncut. Translated with an introduction by E. G. Allington. Dustjacket has age darkening to spine with a little wear. Uniform with The Broadway Library of XVIII Century French Literature edited by Richard Aldington. First published in 1818 it created a tremendous sensation being outspoken in regard to persons not long dead, and contains a direct attack on Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It presents a mirror of the life of the leisured classes in 18th century Paris 
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Intimate Notebook 1840-1841, Flaubert, Gustave
11 Flaubert, Gustave Intimate Notebook 1840-1841
London W.H. Allen 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped and has a repaired closed tear. 59 pages. Introduction, translation and notes by Francis Steegmuller. 'I go from hope to anxiety, from wild optimism to dreary negation; its rain and sun, but its a gilded cardboard sun and a misty rain with no storm.' These words were written by one of France's greatest writers, the future author of Madame Bovary, when he was 18 years old. At that time Gustave Flaubert was living with his parents in Rouen, dutifully following his father's wishes by studying to enter the Paris Law School. Fortunately, however, his true ambitions were distinctly literary, and it was to an ordinary schoolboy's copybook that Flaubert confided his earliest longings and most intimate thoughts. Passed on to Flaubert's niece as part of his literary estate, and presumed lost for over 80 years, in 1965 the text of this precious document was discovered in France, and published there for the first time. It was immediately greeted as an authentic candid portrait of Flaubert experiencing the first tremors of his future creativity. In this journal he reveals himself to be a romantic, fiercely self-doubting adolescent, simultaneously 'struggling with the flesh, swimming in philosophy, and trying to convince himself of his own faith in his literary vocation.' 
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Benjamin Constant and The Post-Revolutionary Mind, Fontana, Biancamaria
12 Fontana, Biancamaria Benjamin Constant and The Post-Revolutionary Mind
London Yale University Press 1991 0300049951 / 9780300049954 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which has a little fading to rear. xvii + 165 pages. The Swiss writer and political theorist Benjamin Constant was a key figure in the early 19th century attempt to come to terms with the new political world created by the French Revolution of 1789. In this book Biancamaria Fontana presents an overview of Constant's life and writings, showing the unity of his vision and exploring analogies between the issues he discussed and those that confront modern democratic states today. Constant indicated the principles and designed the constitutional arrangements best suited for a new society that was to be ruled by popular sovereignty and direct political representation and oriented toward economic growth and social equality. 
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Close To Colette, Goudeket, Maurice
13 Goudeket, Maurice Close To Colette
London Secker & Warburg / British Broadcasting Corporation 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title on dark blue title block on light blue cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally a touch of light foxing to endpapers and to fore edge else clean tight and unmarked. First English translation by Enid McLeod. v + 218 pages. 10 Illustrations. 
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George Sand and Her Lovers, Gribble, Francis
14 Gribble, Francis George Sand and Her Lovers
London Eveleigh Nash 1907 First Edition Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title and decoration to spine with gilt ruling, decoration and monogram to front on blue cloth boards. Some wear to spine sides, head and tail and some bumping to corners. Internally there is a small neat signature and date to front endpaper and age darkening of endpapers else clean and unmarked. Top edge gilt with fore and lower edges uncut. xix + 375 pages. Photogravure plates of George Sand (2), Jules Sandeau, Prosper Merimee, Alfred De Musset and Frederic Chopin tissue protected. One of the best biographies of George Sand with particularly good plates. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.85 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Jean De La Fontaine, Hamel, Frank
15 Hamel, Frank Jean De La Fontaine
London Stanley Paul 1911 First Edition Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Photogravure portrait of La Fontaine to frontispiece tissue guarded and 16 other portraits. Not dated but The British Library has this as 1911 and the preface is dated Autumn 1911. Gilt signature of La Fontaine and lettering to spine on blue bevelled boards. Wear to board extremities, head and tail of spine frayed, contents clean with a small name to verso of frontispiece. Loose half title page at front advertising another book by author. 389 pages + 32 page publisher's catalogue bound in at rear. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.96 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** *** The fairly SCARCE Stanley Paul edition *** *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Jules Verne, Jules-Verne, Jean
16 Jules-Verne, Jean Jules Verne
London Macdonald and Janes 1976 0356081966 / 9780356081960 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated and adapted by Roger Greaves. Written by the grandson of Jules Verne.Silver lettering on blue. Blue pictorial dustjacket depicting Captain Nemo's vessel with a vignette portrait of Jules Verne and a photographic portrait to back. Dustjacket has slight wear and minor chipping. A biography that gets close to Verne as any book is ever likely to do. Has a comprehensive bibliography. 
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Garden of Zola, King, Graham
17 King, Graham Garden of Zola
London Barrie and Jenkins 1978 0214204030 / 9780214204036 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket.which is price clipped. A comprehensive account of the life of Emile Zola and his novels for English readers. Contains 44 illustrations. . PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.18 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Literary Impressions, Lemaitre, Jules
18 Lemaitre, Jules Literary Impressions
London Daniel O'Connor 1921 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title on red cloth boards which have just a minor touch of wear to spine head and tail. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Translated by A. W. Evans. Short essays on Anatole France, Paul Bourget, Ernest Renan, Emile Zola, Guy De Maupassant, Pierre Loti, Hippolyte Taine, George Sand, Madame Sevigne, Joubert, Neo Hellenism and Madame Adam, Virgil and The Anonymous author of 'The Imitation'. Fascinating small volume by the French academician. 
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Balzac and His World, Marceau, Felicien
19 Marceau, Felicien Balzac and His World
London W.H. Allen 1967 First Hard Cover Near Fine Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has chipping with some losses. xiv + 548 pages. Translated from the French by Derek Coltman. First British edition. The most thorough and definitive study of Balzac and La Comédie Humaine, written by one of France's leading contemporary novelists and playwrights. It is neither a biography nor a work of criticism as we know it; it is rather a guided visit, a voyage to the world of Balzac, an exploration of the works of a writer the author calls the most secret of novelists. It is, beyond that, an attempt to explain the creation of a great novel. Combining scholarship with the creative insights that only one novelist could bring to the work of another. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.975 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST *** 
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Chateaubriand, Maurois, Andre
20 Maurois, Andre Chateaubriand
London Jonathan Cape 1938 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on red cloth boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Top edge red. A Very Good+ to near Fine copy. Translated by Vera Fraser. 360 pages. Portrait to frontispiece and 2 other portraits and a fold out genealogical tree. Excellent biography of the writer and politician François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, considered by many to have been the father of Romanticism in French literature. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.85 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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