Paris: Gallimard, 1973. Reprint edition. 3 vols., 12mo, publisher's brown leatherette, spines gilt and stamped in teal, peach endpapers, top edges peach, original printed overflaps and acetate dust jackets, attached yellow silk bookmarks.
3-vol. set of Proust's masterpiece, with a preface by André Maurois and notes by Pierre Clarac and André Ferré. This semi-autobiographical novel, which traces the narrator's memories from childhood in pre-WWI France to his present day, centers on themes of memory, meaning, truth, and beauty, and is considered “one of the most profound achievements of the human imagination” (Encyclopaedia Britannica). This edition was issued as part of the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade series, launched in 1931 by editor Jacques Schiffrin (later a founder of Pantheon Books), with the purpose of providing readers with reference editions of the complete works of classic authors in a pocket format. Though the series has a strong emphasis on works originally written in French, other classics of world literature have been included, such as the works of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Text in French. Staining to front free endpaper and edges of vol. III; some age-toning and soiling to acetate dust jackets of all three volumes. A mostly very good set. Item #533