London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958. Revised edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in silver, publisher's yellow and red decorated dust jacket.
Classic biographical study of the great 19th-century novelist and his masterpiece by one of its foremost English translators. Steegmuller (who also translated and edited two volumes of Flaubert's correspondence) paints a vivid portrait of the French realist in the years leading up to the composition and publication of Madame Bovary: "He worked well in the heat – it had on him, he said, 'the effect of brandy' – and he kept the blinds of his study closed against the sun and wore only a vast, cool white Nubian shirt..." Illustrated with ten black-and-white plates; with a new introduction, an afterword, bibliography and index. Originally published 1939. Bookseller stamp to front pastedown. Spine slightly rolled; unclipped dust jacket with minor soiling and edgewear. Near fine. Item #467