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PROUST, Marcel

Du Côté de chez Swann

Paris, Bernard Grasset, 1913

RARE AND PRECIOUS INSCRIPTION FROM MARCEL PROUST TO A PAINTER : MAURICE DENIS

FIRST EDITION Without the fault to on the title page. Fictive mention of a “Troisième édition” (Third edition) on the wrapper

12mo (184 x 114mm)

INSCRIBED :

À Maurice Denis,
son admirateur,
Marcel Proust

AS ISSUED. Wrapper, slipcase

Copy back in its original wrappers

It is inscribed on the binding leaf, which is as always shorter than the rest of the copy (175 x 106mm). The return is visible two leaves further on, between the justification page and that of the dedication to Gaston Calmette.

Inscriptions by Proust to painters are obviously particularly valuable as paintings are essential in À la Recherche du temps perdu. The imaginary museum in À La Recherche contains no less than two hundred references to paintings : Odette who resembles Botticelli’s Zéphora, the visit to Elstir at his workshop and the analysis of his paintings, the narrator’s obsession to visit the gallery of paintings of Guermantes or the “small section of yellow wall” of La Vue de Delft, to mention but a few ultra famous episodes. The works of Maurice Denis are not directly cited in La Recherche but Maurice Denis appears in Proust’s theoretical texts, especially when it is a question of opposing him to Jacques-Émile Blanche by his modernity. Maurice Denis and Marcel Proust were also classmates at the lycée Condorcet one year apart.