FIRST EDITION that didn't have a big print run.
Second volume of the Rougon-Maquart.
"In the natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire, La Cure is the note of gold and flesh. The artist in me refused to cast a shadow over that overpowering glow of life that lit up the whole reign of a suspicious day in a bad place. A point in the history I have undertaken would have remained obscure." (preface).
Charming copy bound at the time in full percaline by Henry Joseph Pierson.