Paris, Fasquelle, 1931.
8vo [218 x 140 mm] of 260 pp., (2) pp., (1) bl. l. Preserved in the editor’s printed green wrappers, uncut, untrimmed. Slightly faded spine. Original binding.
Rare first edition, of which only 150 copies were printed, of this famous text by Pagnol.
Only 150 copies of this edition were printed: 100 copies printed on Dutch paper, numbered 51 to 150, 50 copies printed on Imperial Japan, numbered 1 to 50. Our copy in numbered 67.
“First part of a trilogy from Marseilles, this work has imposed the young dramatist that the first success of ‘Topaze’ had already revealed the previous year. Created on May 9th, 1929, the play was very favorably welcomed […] Next to ‘Marius’, ‘Fanny’ and ‘César’, it is an entire band of manger figurines from Marseilles that Marcel Pagnol evokes: Escartefigue, Panisse, Honorine… as many characters who smell of garlic and lavender, seafood and pastis, of the nostalgic smells of the port; an entire jolly, quick-tempered, melancholic world, as close to laughter than tears, to tragedy than comedy.” (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, IV, p. 403).
A precious copy preserved in the editor’s wrappers, uncut and untrimmed.
Pagnol’s first editions preserved in their original wrappers are sought-after.
Our research allowed us to locate copies of this rare first edition in only 2 French Public Institutions: Nice, B.n.F.