London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1934. Edition limited to 1250 for sale in England. Unnumbered copy.
Octavo (24 x 16cm), (4) blank, 217pp, (3) blank, original green cloth boards with lettering in black on the spine, protected in a cover that preserves the inside folds of the original jacket (rest of the jacket lacking). Head and foot of the spine gently pushed. Introduction by John Cowper Powys, Translation by Frank Jellinek; Illustrations by Hortense Ansorge. Item #770
Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880) was one of the leading exponents of ninetheenth century literary realism. November was his first finished work published in France in 1842. This is the first English translation. The Introduction by John Cowper Powys verges on ecstatic and concludes, "What renders "November" so fascinating a treasure trove is the fact that in it he has written a prose poem of cerebral sensuality and satiety". Powys compares the writers of his day to schools of herrings and mackerel, and describes the re-emergence of Flaubert on the scene as "a monstrous sea-lion surging up from the deeper waters of the nneteenth century" (from the introduction).