L'Invitée. Simone de Beauvoir.


Paris: Gallimard, 1961. Reprint edition. Octavo, publisher’s purple cloth stamped in gilt and dark purple to upper board and spine, yellow endpapers, original attached white silk bookmark.

Philosopher and novelist Simone De Beauvoir’s existentialist melodrama (originally published in 1943, translated in 1949 as She Came to Stay), based on her and Jean-Paul Sartre’s relationship with sisters Olga and Wanda Kosakiewicz, here combined into one character, “Xaviere,” with whom the couple has an intellectual and romantic ménage-a-trois. The book is dedicated to Olga, who would go on to marry Beauvoir's longtime lover, journalist Jacques-Laurent Bost. Number 104 of 3100 copies issued as part of the Collection Soleil in 1961 by Éditions Gallimard. (The series, which ran from 1957-1979, featured some 343 French and foreign titles in luxury editions for collectors.) Text in French. Lacking dust jacket and wraparound band. Light foxing to edges, slight lean to spine. Near fine. Item #901


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