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Flaubert, Gustave (Author) & Davis, Lydia (Translator). MADAME BOVARY: A NEW TRANSLATION BY LYDIA DAVIS. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 342 pages. Fine/Fine.

New translation of the author's masterpiece. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. The production values are impeccable: Elegant hard boards, stunning DJ design by Christopher Brand and Ben Wiseman, illuminating Introductory Essay at the beginning and thirty pages of indispensable Notes appended at the end. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Presents, in a new translation, Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary". The 21st translation of The Master's greatest novel for the 21st century. "Definitive" (The New York Review of Books). With each new, meticulous translation of the French classics she has undertaken thus far, Lydia Davis is now easily the successor of Richard Howard (who has translated hundreds of books in a long and brilliant career as poet and translator). Like Richard Howard's, Davis' translations must be seen and judged as an integral part of her own body of work. "You helped to make known to the English-speaking public some of the finest French literature. You have found a way not only to put your many talents at the service of the French language and culture, but also to place your stamp on the literary legacy of our times" (Republic of France Citation upon making Lydia Davis Chevalier of The Order of Arts And Letters). An absolute "must-have" title for Gustave Flaubert and Lydia Davis collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Lydia Davis. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Lydia Davis' signature is TINY. But it's there, and it's rare. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest novels of all time translated by one of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LYDIA DAVIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670022071. $100.00

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