Paris: Grasset, 1913. 8vo. 523 pages, 8-page publisher's advertisement at end (unopened). Original pale yellow printed wrappers, untrimmed. Purple morocco chemise and slipcase (some light rubbing in a few spots). Near fine, in entirely original and unrestored condition, some light cockling along spine, a few small tears at edges, light toning to sheets at beginning and end, but generally in superb condition, scarcely found in the original wrappers. Item #407620
First edition, first printing of the first volume in Proust’s 'À la Recherche du Temps Perdu' ('In Search of Lost Time,' or more commonly 'Remembrance of Things Past'). With all the notable points of a first printing: typographic error in the publisher’s name on the title-page; title-page dated 1914, but front wrapper and printer’s colophon dated 1913; four-leaf publisher’s catalogue at the end; no Table of Contents; a blank leaf between the front wrapper and the half-title. This copy is also preserved with a contemporary, and perhaps original, plain glassine outer wrapper.
The now-famous novel was rejected by at least three major publishers (and was infamously turned down by André Gide) before Proust arranged with the publisher Grasset to pay for the cost of publication himself. Though Gallimard offered to publish the remaining volumes, Proust chose to stay with Grasset.