8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 487 p. Limited edition of 3,000 copies, this being number 59. Germinal, originally published in 1885, is the thirteenth novel in mile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Often considered Zola's masterpiece and one of the most significant novels in the French tradition, the novel is an uncompromisingly harsh and realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s, and has been published and translated in over one hundred countries as well as inspiring five film adaptations and two television productions. The title refers to the name of a month of the French Republican Calendar, a spring month. Germen is a Latin word which means "seed"; the novel describes the hope for a better future that seeds amongst the miners. ***ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emile Edouard Charles Antoine Zola (1840-1902) was a French writer who was nominated for the first and second Novel Prizes in Literature, in 1901 and 1902. He was the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'accuse. A friend of Paul Cezanne, associate of Guy de Maupassant and better paid in his day than Victor Hugo, he is now interred in the Pantheon, where he shares a crypt with Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. (Info from Wikipedia) ***ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) was a British physician, writer and social reformer. Most of his works have to do with studies of human sexuality, he also did several translations of which this is one. In his introduction he speaks to "how this translation fell to the lot of one whose work has been in other fields" and tells a quite charming story. ***DESCRIPTION: Black cloth boards, upper third of the front contains a rectangle highly decorated in gilt, reverse box in black containing the author and title in gilt lettering, same gilt decoration and lettering on the spine, back board has blind-embossed publisher's device in the center, top edge gilt, other edges rough-trimmed, plain endpapers, limitation statement on the verso of the flyleaf, title page in green and black, three-page introduction, followed by text, followed by one page of publisher's ads, some random pages unopened. Pagination: (i-xiii), ix-xiv, 1-472, followed by publisher's ad. Dust jacket is orange with black lettering, original price of $4.00 on front flap. ***CONDITION: Book is overall in fine condition, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners, interior bright and clean, entirely free of prior owner markings; we are grading as near fine due to an old, slight dampstain on the back bard at both the top and bottom which has left a whitish outline. The unclipped dust jacket has overall edgewear with several small chips mostly at the top, several short closed tears, and some overall soiling/darkening mostly to the spine, and the aforementioned dampstain is mirrored on the verso of the jacket. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. Bookseller Inventory #
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 1925
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: Limited Edition.
Book Description Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. FAST SHIPPING & FREE TRACKING! 100% Money Back Guaranteed. The pages of this book are clean and unmarked. There is very little shelf wear. The spine is solid and the binding is tight. The spine is solid and the binding is tight. Seller Inventory # 130824
Book Description Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1593082916