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MITFORD, Nancy (trans.); LAFAYETTE, Madame de.

The Princesse de Clevès.

Translated by Nancy Mitford.

London: Euphorion Books, 1950 Stock Code: 137823
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Scarce with the jacket in such lovely condition

First edition, first impression, scarce with the jacket in such lovely condition, of Mitford's translation of Madame de La Fayette's novel, a high spot of French literature originally published in 1678. Mitford undertook the translation after her permanent move to Paris following the success of Love in a Cold Climate (1945).

Privately printed, the project was suggested by Nancy's sister Diana, whose husband had recently set up the Euphorion Press; Diana suggested a translation of the memoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon, but Nancy felt that la Princesse de Clèves would have more appeal to an English audience. Her work was well-received, and Nancy was most gratified by a review in the French journal La Table Ronde, which she conveyed to Evelyn Waugh as "'saying I write wonderful English and am England's gift to France so I've got away with something'".

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Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, decorative endpapers. With the dust jacket designed by Phillippe Julian.


With 6 full-page colour plates.


Light offsetting to endpapers, mild foxing to edges, a fresh, unmarked copy, near-fine in the exceptionally bright and sharp dust jacket with just a little shelfwear, not price-clipped.


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