Edition: First Edition
21.5 cm. Old quarter calf and marbled boards, elaborately gilt-tooled spine with titling piece, marbled endpapers and page edges. (4), 420 pp, half-title present. Vicaire VI, 203. Boards with modest rubbing, joints professionally repaired, mild flaking to the gilt spine lettering, leaves with scattered foxing, most noticeably on the half-title and title leaves, in all a VG copy. Front pastedown with the engraved armorial bookplate of Ross Ambler Curran, early twentieth-century California society figure and bibliophile. An early novel by Sand, quite scarce in first edition. Written in Venice, it is the story of a tragic and unwise marriage between a young flower seller and a feckless nobleman. A proto-feminist work that paints a grim picture of the effects of marriage on a woman of intelligence and of marriage between people of different social classes.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover