Paris: Gallimard, 1947. Limited Edition. Decorative Cloth. Largely overlooked édition de luxe of this modernist masterpiece, complete in three volumes, with 77 full-page plates after watercolors by the Dutch fauvist Kees Van Dongen. In French. No. 5,682 of 9250 copies printed on papier vélin by E. Desfosses in Paris. Demy 8vo (225 x 175mm): 655,; 764,; 724,pp. Publisher's decorated cloth boards (“reliures chagra ivoire, décorées de fers spéciaux or et violet”) by Paul Bonet, covers with grid of geometrical motifs ruled in purple and gold on an ivory ground. Charlotte Vrielink, "The Art of Illustrating the Impossible: Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu through the eyes of Kees van Dongen." Releif, la Revue électronique de littérature française 11 (1), 2017, pp. 66-81. A superb production, with stunning illustrations, in virtually pristine condition. Fine. Item #BB2440
"The illustrations surpass the mere transposition of the plot into images; Van Dongen also succeeded in visualizing a variety of abstract ideas, such as emotions of the narrator, descriptions of musical compositions, long-forgotten memories, and theories on the nature and use of literature." (Vrielink) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.) `.