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Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Our offering is the Limited Editions Club printing of The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert. It is the famed translation by Lofcadio Hearn, with a major exception. It includes three small passages that Hearn had written with asterisks to indicate something that he was too embarrassed to include. In our edition, we have those passages.

Gustave Flaubert was an interesting character. Considered the greatest French writer, Flaubert was born the son a a surgeon in the town of Rouen.

He lived there until the age of 18, and then, marvelous to relate, he went to Paris to study law, of all things. Bored with the law, upon the death of his father Flaubert rejoined his mother on an estate near Rouen and began to write. There he wrote Madame Bovary.

Then he started on The Temptation of Saint Anthony. Not until 1874 did he issue the book for the world, after concluding his third draft. The story was not original. It is the legend of Anthony's life in the desert, and the temptations which came to him. It was Flaubert's re-telling of the story which arrested the world's attention. The Temptation appears as a wonderful vision in Anthony's desert hut. Wealth and luxury are offered to him in the most alluring manner.

He is transported to the Imperial Court and takes on the personalities of famous kings. As the Devil reveals to him all the mysteries of the world, all sorts appear to Anthony to corrupt his faith.

As Flaubert wrote the story, it is not a novel, it is a play for reading. So the play becomes not a drama of man's actions, but a drama of man's soul. Out of the terrible, the naive, the fantastic and the bloody and the outrageous solutions which are offered to Anthony, one sees humanity's untiring and passionate effort to find the meaning of its mysterious origin, its mysterious purpose, its final destiny. For our edition, Warren Chappell did almost everything.

He designed the book in its entirety, including typographic plans and illustrations. He made a serious of illustrations in six brilliant colors reminiscent of stained glass windows, and also made the book, typographically, like a monkish manuscript. The book is a tall folio with the text in two columns. The type selected was Cloister, chosen because it belongs to the period of monkish manuscripts. Chappell also decorated the Cloister type with little vermillion paragraph marks, in the manner in which the monks rubricated their manuscripts. For the printing, we are indebted to The Aldus Printers in New York. The illustrations were printed by lithography.

Chappell chose a rag sheet paper especially made for him by the Worthy Paper Company mill in Massachusetts. Performing the binding operations, the Russell-Rutter Company in New York covered the boards with a fine binder's linen of the dull color of parchment, upon which a design drawn by Mr. Chappell was stamped in gold and black and vermillion. This is copy number 201, presumably of 1500, and is signed by Warren Chappell. The offer includes both the four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter and prepublication announcement.

Not many copies of this title have survived, and few appear in the marketplace. This one is in wonderful condition, even given the paper limitations of WWII. The offering should have appeal to lovers of French literature and to those who follow religious and spiritual works, produced with high quality.

Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".

The seller is "629north61ststreet" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.

  • Year Printed: 1943
  • Topic: legend of Saint Anthony
  • Binding: linen
  • Illustrator: warren Chappell
  • Author: Gustave Flaubert
  • Subject: Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Limited Editions Club
  • Place of Publication: The Aldus Priners/New York
  • Special Attributes: Collector's Edition, Illustrated, Inscribed, Limited Edition, Numbered


Limited Editions Club The Temptation of Saint Anthony