Madame Bovary

A story of provincial life Translated by J. Lewis May.

FLAUBERT, Gustave

FLAUBERT, Gustave Madame Bovary A story of provincial life Translated by J. Lewis May.

Lane/ Bodley Head, 1931.

Beautiful edition illustrated by John Austen. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering and vignette. In pictorial dustwrapper. Pictorial endpapers. Thirteen wonderful full page black and white illustrations by Austen as well as many vignettes in the text. A near fine copy in near fine dustwrapper.

A fine example of Austen's work combined with one of the most popular pieces of French literature.
Madame Bovary, Flaubert's debut novel, was five years in the making and was originally serialised in the Revue de Paris. The serialisation provoked charges of immorality and obscenity from the French government with a resulting trial from which Flaubert was acquitted. The publicity from the trial ensured that on publication the book became a bestseller.
The heroine of the novel, Emma Bovary, is a Doctor's wife who finding provincial life dull seeks entertainment in extramarital affairs. She eventually commits suicide by swallowing arsenic.

Stock ID: 39812

£50.00

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