First edition thus, the first English appearance of Zola's 1887 novel LA TERRE since Henry Vizetelly's 1888 translation that led to his imprisonment for obscenity.
About fine in near-fine jacket.
"I told you time and time again that a man must be a fool and a coward to give up his land!... you've ended just as I said you would, thrown out by your scoundrelly children, roaming in the night like a beggar who hasn't even a stone to lay his head on."
EARTH traces a French peasant family's decline into violence as they strip their elderly father of his remaining assets. The novel's sexually explicit scenes led to the prosecution and imprisonment of its first publisher in English; EARTH did not appear again in England until this edition, sixty-five years later. A beautiful copy of a landmark of French naturalism.
London: Elek, (1954). 7.75'' x 4.5''. Original full black cloth, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (15s.) pictorial black-and-yellow dust jacket designed by Edward Pagram. Preface by Angus Wilson. 430 pages. Jacket spine slightly sunned, light offsetting to endpapers.
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