PROUST, Marcel.

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PROUST, Marcel.
Les Plaisirs et les Jours. Illustrations by Madeleine Lemaire. Preface by Anatole France and four pieces for piano by Reynaldo Hahn. Paris, Calmann Lévy, 1896. In-4 [294 x 201] of (3) ff. the first blank, X, 273 pp. wrongly numbered 271, (1) f., 14 plates : jansenist red morocco, spine ribbed, gilt fillets and gilt fleuron on the corners inside, gilt edges on witnesses, cover and spine preserved, case (Ch. Septier). First edition. First work of Marcel Proust, prefaced by Anatole France and illustrated with 73 black compositions by Madeleine Lemaire, including 14 out of the text. Composite work, it includes writings in prose (news, portraits, pastiches) and in verse. It went unnoticed and gave its author a long reputation as a decadent socialite, so much so that Gide remembered it when he refused Du côté de chez Swann. But Proust already proposed an aesthetic of polyphony to which he remained faithful. One of the 30 numbered copies on China paper (n° 17), enriched with an original signed watercolor by Madeleine Lemaire on japon, representing two carnations. Hinges restored.
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