BEAUVOIR, Simone de.
La Force des Choses.
Paris, Gallimard, 1963.
8vo of 686 pp., (2) pp. Dark blue morocco, covers covered with night blue deer with, on the upper cover, a large vertical rectangle in box calf with the same color with the title of the work and the date of the edition inscribed in large capital letters in mosaic patterns in garnet box calf, each initial being inscribed inside a small square panel in black box calf, flat spine decorated with small rectangles in mosaic patterns in green and blue sky box calf, the latter bearing the initials of the name of the author, of the title of the work and of the date of the edition gilt-stamped, garnet paper doublures, blue sky paper endleaves, top edge gilt, untrimmed, printed wrappers and spine bound in. Slipcase with a transparent spine and case. Pierre-Lucien Martin, 1964.
206 x 138 mm.
Rare first edition of this autobiographical novel by Simone de Beauvoir, of which only 160 copies were printed.
Copy n°10, one of only 35 deluxe copies printed on Holland Van Gelder paper.
“In 1963 Simone de Beauvoir publishes the third volume of her memories: ‘la Force des choses’. Full of sincerity, the author resumes her autobiography where she stopped it, which means in 1944, during the liberation of Paris…”
Magnificent copy coming from the personal collection of Pierre-Lucien Martin who bound it in 1964 with a superb binding with mosaic patterns.
The present copy was part of his sale that took place on May 20 1987 under the n°37.
Provenance: P. L. Martin and François Ragazzoni with ex libris.