PROUST, Marcel.

Remembrance of Things Past.

[Swann's Way; Within A Budding Grove; The Guermantes Way; Cities of the Plain; The Captive; The Sweet Cheat Gone; Time Regained.] Translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff.

London: Chatto & Windus / Alfred A. Knopf, 1922-31 Stock Code: 141635
£4,750.00

First printings in English of this modern masterpiece, scarce as a complete set

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First editions in English, first impressions, scarce as a complete set. Proust himself read Scott-Moncreiff's translation of Swann's Way, which came out on 19 September 1922, and wrote to him on 10 October 1922 to compliment his "fine talent".

The translation was published episodically: Swann's Way (2 vols., 1922), Within a Budding Grove (2 vols., 1924), The Guermantes Way (2 vols., 1925), Cities of the Plain (2 vols., 1929, this number 845 of 2,230 copies), The Captive (1929), and The Sweet Cheat Gone (1930). The final volume of the sequence, Time Regained (1931), was done by after Scott Moncrieff's death by his friend Sydney Schiff, under the pseudonym Stephen Hudson (this number 283 of 1,300 printed). To further complicate matters, Knopf, then attempting to break into the English market, published Cities of the Plain, The Captive, and The Sweet Cheat Gone under his own imprint, though uniform with the Chatto & Windus volumes. For these reasons it is difficult to acquire the complete set of first impressions in collectable condition, as here. Any surviving dust jacket are scarce, and from our experience it appears that only Cities of the Plain was issued with slipcase.

Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu was first published in France from 1913 and 1927. It is universally acclaimed as among the most influential works of modern fiction.

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Description

7 works in 11 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Cities of the Plain with the publisher's card slipcase; The Sweet Cheat Gone with the dust jacket.

Condition

Generally fresh cloth with only light rubbing, The Guermantes Way and Time Regained somewhat more rubbed and dulled, damp stain to top edge and jacket of The Sweet Cheat Gone and also top edge and upper corner of some rear leaves in The Captive, light residue of removed bookplate from The Guermantes Way, bookplate to Time Regained, Cities of the Plain slipcase somewhat worn and marked but still intact, overall very good condition.

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