First EditionPROUST, Marcel. Du Coté de Chez Swann. Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1913. Bourdeaux crushed morocco by J. Antoine Legraine, gilt edges, original wrappers and spine bound-in, matching morocco edged slipcase. First Edition, First Issue, Inscribed By Proust To Madame Catulle Mendes On A Tipped Leaf, bound into the volume following the half-title.
The first issue of the first volume of Proust's monumental In Search of Lost Time, the first issue with the printing error in the Grasset imprint. Judith Gautier, or Madame Catulle Mendes by marriage, was a writer and actress, and the first woman member of the Academie Goncourt. Though one of the most famous women of her time her work has been overlooked for much of the 20th-century. Provenance: Madame Catulle Mendes (1850-1917, authorial inscription) Small repair to fore-edge of front wrapper. The rare First Issue of Proust’s masterpiece.