Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1824). 172pp 2nd ed. This anonymously published novel about a young black African woman and her life in a French household, considered to be the first effort serious effort by a white writer to explore the relationship of blacks and whites. Duras's novel Edouard followed in 1825 and explored similarly unconventional issues of sexuality. The original edition of Ourika appeared in a very small edition of perhaps a dozen copies- this edition appeared the same year. A very good copy in the original wrappers, with light loss at corners and at head of spine, signature on title page, occasional light spotting, front cover a little worn and marked Uncommon in the original buff wrappers. See also Latouche, Olivier (below).
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Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1825). 2vols. 238pp and 225pp. 2nd ed. One of two important novels published by Duras during her lifetime (the other being Ourika) both of which deal with controversial subjects of marginalized characters and the social pressures which subvert romantic relationships. In Edouard, the story revolves around the son of a worker adopted by a nobleman who falls in love with his adopted sister. Edouard, understanding the impossibility of the misalliance joins the army and seeks death as a solider rather than pursuing the ill-faited romance. Two volumes, each bound in contemporary paper boards and leather spines, adverts at end of second volume, some light rubbing and wear to covers, occasional light spotting. The first edition was issued in a very small edition of 100 copies; this edition is the first edition in commerce.
Paris: Imprimerie nationale 1923. 4to. 179pp. The only published work by the author was the daughter of Count Henry Greffulhe and his wife, Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay (said to be a model for the Duchess of Guermantes in Marcel Proust’s novel, À la recherche du temps perdu). Proust attended her wedding in 1904 and his appearance was apparently caught on film. Robert de Montesquiou, a cousin, has contributed an introduction. Very good in marbled wrappers, light wear. Quite rare with only two institutional copies located.