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Flaubert, Gustave; Gunter Böhmer, illus.  Madame Bovary. Zurich: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club by Fretz Brothers Ltd., 1938. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). 348, [4] pp.; illus.

Flaubert's debut novel about a young woman with romantic ideals trying to escape the monotony of her country life is presented here as a beautifully designed and delicately illustrated limited edition. This is the first English translation of the novel, originally completed in the 19th century by Eleanor Marx Aveling, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx. French author André Maurois provides the introduction.
        Accompanying the text are => thoughtful watercolor illustrations by the German-Swiss painter and book illustrator Gunter Böhmer, including a small portrait of Madame Bovary on the title-page. The artist's signature appears on the limitation page, this being no. 618 of 1500 signed copies.
        Binding: Publisher’s yellow Swiss silk binding with gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, housed in original mottled sand–colored slipcase. Top edges stained grey.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 101. Bound as above, spine lightly faded with label chipped and foot faintly water-stained, small spots of insect damage along front joint; slipcase with scuffs, waterstaining to corner (blending to some extent with slipcase's marbled paper), and extremities worn. Endpapers and fore-edges lightly foxed; internally clean; a more attractive copy, frankly, than the description suggests.  (37979)   Please RESHELVE This.

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