RARE COMPLETE SET OF 8 THICK EIGHT BOOKS IN MATCHING LOVELY FINE LEATHER BINDINGS. THESE ARE EARLY & ORIGINAL EDITIONS OF THESE 8 BOOKS, PRINTED BETWEEN 1919 AND 1927, AND THEY HAVE BEEN BOUND WITH MARBLED-PAPER ENDPAPERS AND FULL LEATHER BINDINGS, WITH MODERNISTIC ART NOUVEAU MINIMAL GILT DECORATIONS ON THE SPINES.
NO WRITING OR MARKINGS IN THE TEXTS; A FEW PAGES ARE DETACHED BUT ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT AND COMPLETE; WITH A COUPLE OF EARLY OWNERSHIP MARKINGS. LIGHT WEAR TO EDGES OF COVERS.
A LOVELY COMPLETE SET, 9 BOOKS BOUND AS 8 BOOKS; SIMILAR SETS WOULD SELL FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS, THOUGH I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY OTHER SETS THIS PRETTY. A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU. TOME I : DU COTE DE CHEZ SWANN.
35-38 detached and laid in. TOME II : A L'OMBRE DES JEUNES FILLES EN FLEURS. [250 + 226] TOME III : LE COTE DE GUERMANTES. I & II bound together.
247-250 detached and laid in. 215-218 detached & laid in, [lacking title page]. TOME V : SODOME ET GOMORRHE II. [236 + 237] TOME VI : LA PRISONNIERE (SODOME ET GOMORRHE III).
225 + 213 TOME VIII: LE TEMPS RETROUVE. A handsome matching set of eight thick books, in custom-made Fine Leather bindings. These books were all published in flimsy paper wraps, as is usual for French books, and these books were uniformly rebound in a lovely Fine leather binding, with gilt lettering and lines on the spines and marbled-paper endpapers.I acquired these books from an elderly professor who told me that they were bound for his grandfather, a diplomat stationed in Paris, presumably in the 1920s or 1930s. Widely respected and deeply influential, this work has been called the most important novel of the 20th century. There are no other complete sets of these 9 books [bound as 8 here], listed for sale on the internet; similar sets sell for several thousand dollars, but I haven't seen any other set in such an attractive Fine Binding of the period. From the Text of Tome I : Longtemps, je me suis couche de bonne heure. Parfois, a peine ma bougie eteinte, mes yeux se fermaient si vite que je n'avais pas le temps de me dire : Je m'endors.
Et, une demi-heure apres, la pensee qu'il etait temps de chercher le sommeil m'eveillait ; je voulais poser le volume que je croyais avoir encore dans les mains et souffler ma lumiere ; je n'avais pas cesse en dormant de faire des reflexions sur ce que je venais de lire, mais ces reflexions avaient pris un tour un peu particulier; il me semblait que j'etais moi-meme ce dont parlait l'ouvrage : une eglise, un quatuor, la rivalite de Francois Ier et de Charles Quint. Cette croyance survivait pendant quelques secondes a mon reveil; elle ne choquait pas ma raison mais pesait comme des ecailles sur mes yeux et les empechait de se rendre compte que le bougeoir n'etait plus allume. Puis elle commencait a me devenir inintelligible, comme apres la metempsycose les pensees d'une existence anterieure ; le sujet du livre se detachait de moi, j'etais libre de m'y appliquer ou non ; aussitot je recouvrais la vue et j'etais bien etonne de trouver autour de moi une obscurite, douce et reposante pour mes yeux, mais peut-etre plus encore pour mon esprit, a qui elle apparaissait comme une chose sans cause, incomprehensible, comme une chose vraiment obscure. Je me demandais quelle heure il pouvait etre ; j'entendais le sifflement des trains qui, plus ou moins eloigne, comme le chant d'un oiseau dans une foret, relevant les distances, me decrivait l'etendue de la campagne deserte ou le voyaguer se hate vers la station prochaine... In Search of Lost Time (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) previously also translated as Remembrance of Things Past is a novel in seven volumes, written by Marcel Proust (18711922).It is considered to be his most prominent work, known both for its length and its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the "episode of the madeleine" which occurs early in the first volume. It gained fame in English in translations by C. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin as Remembrance of Things Past, but the title In Search of Lost Time, a literal rendering of the French, has gained usage since D. Enright adopted it for his revised translation published in 1992. In Search of Lost Time follows the narrator's recollections of childhood and experiences into adulthood during late 19th century to early 20th century aristocratic France, while reflecting on the loss of time and lack of meaning to the world.  The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued to work on it until his final illness in the autumn of 1922 forced him to break off. Proust established the structure early on, but even after volumes were initially finished he kept adding new material and edited one volume after another for publication. The last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages, as they existed only in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert. The work was published in France between 1913 and 1927. Proust paid for the publication of the first volume (by the Grasset publishing house) after it had been turned down by leading editors who had been offered the manuscript in longhand. Many of its ideas, motifs and scenes are foreshadowed in Proust's unfinished novel, Jean Santeuil (189699), though the perspective and treatment there are different, and in his unfinished hybrid of philosophical essay and story, Contre Sainte-Beuve (190809). The novel had great influence on twentieth-century literature; some writers have sought to emulate it, others to parody it. In the centenary year of the novel's first volume, Edmund White pronounced À la recherche du temps perdu the most respected novel of the twentieth century... According to Wikipedia: Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (/prust/; French: [masl pust]; 10 July 1871 18 November 1922), known as Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past), published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Proust was born in the Paris Borough of Auteuil (the south-western sector of the then-rustic 16th arrondissement) at the home of his great-uncle on 10 July 1871, two months after the Treaty of Frankfurt formally ended the Franco-Prussian War.
He was born during the violence that surrounded the suppression of the Paris Commune, and his childhood corresponded with the consolidation of the French Third Republic. Much of In Search of Lost Time concerns the vast changes, most particularly the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes, that occurred in France during the Third Republic and the fin de siècle. Proust's father, Adrien Proust, was a prominent pathologist and epidemiologist, studying cholera in Europe and Asia.
He wrote numerous articles and books on medicine and hygiene. Proust's mother, Jeanne Clémence (Weil), was the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family from Alsace.  Literate and well-read, she demonstrated a well-developed sense of humour in her letters, and her command of English was sufficient to help with her son's translations of John Ruskin.  Proust was raised in his father's Catholic faith. He was baptized (on 5 August 1871, at the church of Saint-Louis d'Antin) and later confirmed as a Catholic, but he never formally practiced that faith. He later became an atheist and was something of a mystic.... Very Good to Good conditions: no writing or markings in the texts; signature on some front blank pages; a few pages are detached and loosely laid in [they could easily be repaired by a binder]; all pages are present.
Matching Fine Leather hardcover bindings, with some wear & light scuffing. A complete lovely rare set of eight solid and attractive books. Get images that make Supersized seem small.Tailor your auctions with Auctiva's. The item "PROUST RECHERCHE du TEMPS PERDU/8 BOOKS/FINE LEATHER/SWANN, SODOME/RARE 1919" is in sale since Monday, February 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "alkhudra" and is located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.