"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened": The Autograph Edition of The Works of Anatole France
The Works of Anatole France.
Item Number: 71009
New York: Gabriel Wells, 1924.
Finely bound set of the Works of Anatole France. Octavo, 30 volumes, bound in full elaborate gold-tooled morocco, gilt topstain, extra-illustrated throughout with original watercolors on the text leaves, each signed “WHD,” set number 94 of 575 signed on the limitation page by Anatole France. In near fine condition. A stunning example.
Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament". France is also widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel's literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time.