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SAND, George.

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Paris: Alexandre Cadot, 1853 Stock Code: 131728
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Presentation copy to Henry Harrisse

First edition of the first two books of the four-book novel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to her friend Henry Harrisse: "a mon ami Henry Harrisse G. Sand"; together with Harrisse's ownership signature on the verso of the front free endpaper, and with his gilt initials "HH" on the spine. The American historian and man of letters Henry Harrisse (1829-1910) mingled in French literary circles after his move to Paris in 1866, where he became a regular fixture at the salons frequented by Sand, Gustave Flaubert, Saint-Beuve and others. He became a close friend of Sand, and is known to have attended her funeral in 1876 (along with most of literary France); sections of their correspondence were published in de Beaufort's translation of Sand's letters (2009). Like her contemporary George Eliot, Sand felt she had to write under a male pseudonym; her novels, featuring rustic French landscapes and strong female protagonists, have led many modern commentators to esteem her as a pioneering feminist.

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2 volumes bound in 1, octavo (223 x 140 mm). Contemporary green quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.


Spine skilfully recoloured, extremities rubbed, later library stamps to a few pages, occasional light soiling and faint foxing to contents yet generally clean, contemporary paper extension to short leaf pp. 17/18, repaired tear to last few leaves affecting text without loss. A very good copy.


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