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Genet, Jean (Translated by Bernard Frechtman) . OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS: THE LIMITED EDITION. Paris, France: Editions Morihien Paris, 1949. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 394 pages. Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 500 copies. The first appearance of the title in English. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 1963 Grove Press Edition, published fourteen years later. All of the copies were pre-sold to subscribers. None of them was offered commercially. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Editions Morihien Paris: Regular-sized volume format. Pebble-grained Red-Dyed Morocco Leather boards with gilt reproduction of Jean Cocteau's portrait-drawing of Genet embossed on the cover, matching gilt titles embossed on the spine, and gilt top page edges, as issued. This is the Leatherbound Variant Edition, which is rare as such. The other variant was bound in plain brown cloth boards only, and is much more common as such. Text by Jean Genet. Printed on archival stock paper in Paris, France to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Jean Genet's "Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs" in a felicitous and award-winning English translation by Bernard Frechtman. His ground-breaking masterpiece. Its admirers include Jean-Paul Sartre, who wrote a 500-page philosophical and literary study of the writer, "Saint Genet", as well as Michel Foucault (who consciously adopted Genet's ascetic bald head for himself), and Edmund White, who wrote Genet's 500-page biography in English. From another great admirer: "Only a handful of 20th-century writers, such as Kafka and Proust, have as important, as authoritative, as irrevocable a voice and style" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Jean Genet collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition of 500 copies, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page. This is the 1949 Leatherbound Variant of the Limited Edition. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and despite its imperfection (visible wear on cover tips and lower spine, caused by age as well as some use) is still in fine condition overall: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: This is the pebble-grained Red-Dyed Morocco Leatherbound Variant Edition. The other variant was bound in plain brown cloth boards only, and is much more common as such. The book has NOT been retouched or re-bound, as the latter would have destroyed the key attraction of the edition: Cocteau's gilt portrait-drawing of Genet on the cover, which remains radiant. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JEAN GENET TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $300.00

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