Madame Bovary

Flaubert's debut novel, illustrated by Pierre Brissaud


Gustave Flaubert, translated by J Lewis May, introduction by Jacques de Lavretelle, illustrations by Pierre Brissaud engraved in wood by Theo Schmied


The Heritage Press / The Nonesuch Press, New York & London, 1950
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Printing Details

First thus. Hardback in slipcase, bound in quarter cloth with gilt titling to spine and paper covered boards. 26 × 16.5cm, vii + 348pp.

Flaubert's debut novel, published in 1856. The eponymous character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. The novel caused a scandal when it was published and public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. Flaubert was acquitted and the novel went on to be a bestseller.


The book is in very good condition, with a very slight wrinkle to the top edge of the first few pages. The slipcase is in poor condition and is coming apart but is still protecting the book.



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