Title: Swann’s Way
Author: Marcel Proust, CK Scott Moncrieff (trans), Van Dongen (illus)
Publisher: Franklin Library, 1980. This limited edition is published exclusively for subscribers to The Greatest Books of the Twentieth Century. Hard to find edition.
Condition: Deep blue-green leather with gilt all over. In very good+ condition, with very minor wear.
This book features:
- Full top-grade leather binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Silk moire endsheets
- Satin bookmark, sewn-in
- Hubbed spine with raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and arguably the finest single work of the twentieth century.
Swann’s Way, the first part, is one of the preeminent novels of childhood-a sensitive boy’s impressions of his family and neighbors, all brought dazzlingly back to life years later by the famous taste of a madeleine. It also enfolds the short novel Swann’s Love, an incomparable study of sexual jealousy, which becomes a crucial part of the vast, unfolding structure of In Search of Lost Time. The first volume of the book that established Proust as one of the finest voices of the modern age-satirical, skeptical, confiding, and endlessly varied in his response to the human condition-Swann’s Way also stands on its own as a perfect rendering of a life in art, of the past re-created through memory.