PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922). In Search of Lost Time. Paris: Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1919-1927.
Nice copy with the arms of the Count of Ribes, with most of the volumes in original edition. During the dispersal of the library of the Counts of Ribes (Sotheby's Paris, December 12, 2019) this copy of La Recherche frappé aux armes was conspicuous by its absence. Only the first edition by Jean Santeuil (lot n° 282) was part of it. It is thus likely that the two copies were originally joined together - separated for some unknown reason, the Jean Santeuil was replaced by another copy of the original edition, with a similar binding but without the arms of the Counts of Ribes. It is also known that in 1970 Luchino Visconti had thought of the Countess Jacqueline de Ribes to embody the Duchess of Guermantes in his finally aborted adaptation of La Recherche.
8 t. in 13 vol. in-8 (187 x 138 mm). Bound by F. Saulnier in midnight blue half-marocco with gilt corners, underlined with gilt fillets, spine ribbed, with the arms of the Count of Ribes in full, gilt lettering, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt head on witnesses. Covers and spines preserved. Provenance: Count of Ribes (arms).
With:] PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922). Pastiches and Mixes. Paris: Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1919. Night blue half-maroquin with corners of "A. Lobstein, successor of Saulnier", underlined with gilt fillets, back with nerves with the arms of the counts of Ribes in full, gilt lettering, marbled paper plates and endpapers, gilt head on witnesses. Covers and spines preserved.
And: ] PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922). Jean Santeuil. Paris : Gallimard - NRF, 1952. 3 vol. in-8. One of the 1000 copies put on the market on pure thread vellum from the Lafuma-Navarre paper mills, numbered from 96 to 1095, this one n° 1003. Lobstein's midnight blue, gold head on witnesses. Covers and spines preserved.
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