FIRST PULL with the name of the dedicatee Sénard spelled Sénartand in the last line of the dedication, "or your dedication"which will be replaced by "and your dedication"in subsequent print runs.
"The story, the adventure of a novel, I don't care. I have the idea, when I make a novel, to give a color, a tone. For example, in my Carthage novel, I want to do something purple. Now, the rest of it, the characters, the plot, it's a detail. In Madame Bovary, I only had the idea of making a grey tone, the colour of the mould of sowbugs. I was so afraid of the story to put in there, that a few days before I started, I had conceived Madame Bovary in a completely different way: it had to be, in the same environment and the same tone, a devout old girl who doesn't fuck. And then I realized that it would be an impossible character."
(Journal des Goncourt)
Very nice copy in a fine, strictly contemporary binding.
Libraries by T. Fontaine (super ex-libris en pied) and Madame Meheut (manuscript ex-libris)