first edition Hardcover
1900 · London
by de Stendhal; Beyle, Marie-Henri
London: Downey and Company, Limited, 1900. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. First British trade edition. vi, 439pp. Original black cloth lettered in gilt with red decoration. A Near Fine copy with light rubbing along bottom edge, offsetting from long-gone bookplate or slip on paste down, otherwise intenally clean and bright. Lengthy gift inscription from former owner on front free endpaper in remembrance of mutual service in World War I British munitions unit, small stamp from said unit below, and owners' emboss on rear endpaper. An elegant copy of the French masterpiece widely considered one of the world's first psychological novels. An extremely scarce edition with no other copies for sale in the trade, few institutional copies shown in OCLC, and none recorded at auction.
(Inventory #: 170923005)