The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857. Jean-Paul Sartre, Carol Cosman.
The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857
The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857
The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857

The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1981-1993. First Edition. Hardcover. First printings, five volumes (complete), octavo size, 2500 approximate pp. Near fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2274

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (1905-1980) is widely known as one of the pre-eminent philosphers of the 20th century; he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, although he attempted to refuse it.

From the dust jacket flap of the first volume: "That Sartre's study of Flaubert, 'The Family Idiot', is a towering achievement in intellectual history has never been disputed. Yet critics have argued about the precise nature of this novel or biography or 'criticism-fiction' which is the summation of Sartre's philosophical, social, and literary thought."

Full sets of this work, which was partly unfinished when Sartre died and was published over the span of twelve years, are uncommon in the marketplace; as of this writing we see only two such.

___DESCRIPTION: Each volume bound in full grey cloth with silver lettering on the spines with dark grey or black endpapers; octavo size (9 3/16" by 6 3/16"), pagination varies between 357 and 644 pp. The dust jackets are all unclipped, although only the first volume has a printed price ($25.00), the first volume of heavy matte paper and the other four of somewhat thinner semi-glossy paper, all with the same design of a reproduction of a watercolour of Flaubert on the front panels, the back panel of the first volume with a publisher's ad for another work on Sartre and Flaubert, the back panels of the other four volumes with review blurbs.

___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine to fine, most with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; a couple of volumes with very light, stray marks on the binding, else fine. The unclipped dust jackets near fine with light sunning, a few stray marks of soil and a short (approx. three-quarters of an inch) closed tear at the top of the front panel of the first volume (not affecting any graphics or text).

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Price: $450.00