Balzac, Honore de: Eugenie Grandet.

Balzac, Honore de - Eugenie Grandet. Translated by Ellen Marriage. Folio Society, 1953, 1st thus. Here, the Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugenie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. Eugenie's emotional awakening, stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel. Eugenie's moving story is set against the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It is both a poignant portrayal of private life and a vigorous fictional document of its age. (powells.com) 9" x 5½", 224pp plus 8 plates, dark-green cloth, gold blocked spine lettering, red blocked spine decorations, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome drawings by Dodie Masterman.

Very slightly sunned spine, couple of very faint marks to boards, external edges of text-block very slightly 'browned', the very odd/slight edge fox spot, very good, solid copy; no wrapper (not issued in a slip-case).

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