London: Chatto and Windus, 1967-71. Reprint of Uniform Edition first published in 1957. Twelve hard cover volumes, individual vol. size 18.8 x 12.5 cm, duodecimo (twelvemo), pale blue cloth, red and gilt spine titling, blue tops, frontispiece etching and other etchings to each volume, illustrated by Philippe Jullian, colour dust jackets, jacket art by Enid Marx, jackets unclipped except for Volumes 2, 10 and 11. Total weight of 12 volumes: 3.95 kg. Fine overall, without blemishes other than dust jacket spines being a little sunned. Item #952
The Uniform Edition of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past reproduces the work of C.K. Scott Moncrieff, MC (1889-1930), the Scottish writer who introduced the English-speaking world to Proust’s massive work with the publication of the first volume of his translation in September 1922. Moncrieff continued translating until his death in 1930, when the final volume was finished by another.
The 12 Uniform volumes of Remembrance of Things Past in sequence are: Swann's Way (Part 1, 1969, 303 pp. of text and Part 2, 1970, 288 pp.); Within a Budding Grove (Part 1, 1970, 396 pp. and Part 2, 1971, 356 pp.); The Guermantes Way (Part 1, 1971, 428 pp. and Part 2, 1971, 395 pp.); Cities of the Plain (Part 1, 1967, 352 pp. and Part 2, 1971, 384 pp.); The Captive (Part 1, 1967, 276 pp. and Part 2, 1968, 285 pp.); The Sweet Cheat Gone (1968, 380 pp.); and Time Regained (1970, translated by Andreas Mayor, 474 pp.). In this Uniform Edition, the final volume was translated by Andreas Mayor and titled Time Regained.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) became a conspicuous figure in Parisian society’s salons in the 1890s, but his chronic asthma, the death of his parents and growing disillusionment led to his leading an increasingly retired life. Proust has been seen as one of the defining voices of the modern age. Vladimir Nabokov wrote of Proust’s magnum opus: “The whole is a treasure hunt where the treasure is time and the hiding place the past…The transmutation of sensation into sentiment, the ebb tide of memory, waves of emotion such as desire, jealousy and artistic euphoria—this is the material of this enormous and yet singularly light and translucid work”.