First edition of the author's masterpiece.
One of 50 copies on velin pur fil Lafuma (ours bearing the precious n°1), after 15 copies on Holland.
Albert Quentin runs a hotel in Normandy with his wife. Nostalgic for the adventurous life he had in the past when he was quartermaster of the expeditionary corps in China, he drinks all day long. During the 1944 bombings, he swears to his wife that if they get through it unscathed and their hotel is intact, he will never touch a glass of alcohol again. This promise is kept for years... until the arrival of Gabriel Fouquet, who suddenly appears with the temptation...
A copy preserved in wrappers as issued.
Mythical book, rare and highly sought after in large paper.
Awarded the Prix Interallié on its release, Antoine Blondin's novel was adapted into a cult movie in 1962 by Henri Verneuil, starring two monsters of French cinema, Jean Gabin (Albert Quentin) and Jean-Paul Belmondo (Gabriel Fouquet).