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FLAUBERT, Gustave

Madame Bovary. Mœurs de province

Paris, Michel Lévy, 1857

INSCRIBED BY FLAUBERT TO STANISLAS LÉDIER, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT WHO SUPPORTED HIM DURING HIS TRIAL.

LARGE PAPER COPY

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE

With the misprint Senart instead of Senard

Two parts in one volume 12mo (178 x 118mm)
LIMITATION : copy printed on vélin fort

INSCRIBED by Flaubert (brown ink, on the half-title) :

A Mr Lédier, cordial hommage de l'auteur Gustave Flaubert

CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING. Aubergine morocco, spine gilt, gilt filets. Slipcase

Stanislas Xavier Sylvain Lédier (Bacqueville, 1798-Paris, 1873) was a member of the Legislative Chamber of the Lower Seine (Normandy) from 1852 to 1870, a landowner and Mayor of Bacqueville-en-Caux, fifteen kilometers south of Dieppe. He took part in establishing the imperial regime that he gave his support to with his vote, having obtained his own re-election against a Republican candidate in 1857, year of the publication of Madame Bovary. He was defeated on May 24, 1869 by someone from Orleans. Following the publication of his novel in La Revue de Paris in early 1857 ("all the high class bitches are snatching up Bovary to look for obscenities that are not in there"), and wanting to avoid a trial, Flaubert appealed to MP Lédier, Gustave Rouland, the Minister of Education and Collet-Maigret the Chief of Police, all on the same day, January 2, 1857. The trial went ahead anyway, but Flaubert was acquitted on February 7, 1857.

BIBLIOGRAPHY : Clouzot, Guide du bibliophile français, p. 121 -- Vicaire, Manuel de l'Amateur de livres du XIXe siècle, III, pp. 721-723 -- Carteret, Le Trésor du bibliophile romantique et moderne, I, pp. 263-265 -- A. Lambiotte, Le Livre et l'estampe, 1957, n° 12, p. 328-332