PROUST, MARCEL. 1871-1922.
A la recherche du temps perdu: Du côté de chez Swann. Paris: Bernard Grasset, .
8vo. , 523,  pp. Half-title. Full vellum, spine gilt ruled with morocco label. Leaves somewhat well thumbed, browning at margins, inscription leaf toned with corners rounded, small crack to joint of upper cover near tail of spine.
Provenance: Lucien Henraux (presentation inscription; by descent to present owner).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED, "a Lucien Henraux / Son Ami / Marcel Proust," on a leaf bound in preceding the half-title. First issue, with vertical line of type between the last two letters of the publisher's imprint, and with colophon to verso of p 523. Copies of the first issue also bear the date "1913" on the wrappers, which are not present in this copy. Art collector, motor car enthusiast, and socialite Lucien Sancholle Henraux [1877-1926], was a friend and ex-schoolmate of Proust. In the spring of 1903, Henraux was among a small group of friends who accompanied Proust on a tour of three medieval cities southeast of Paris, including Saint-Loup-de-Naud, from which Proust borrowed the name for the character of Robert de Saint-Loup in A la recherche du temps perdu. (See Carter, Marcel Proust, p 335.) Henraux was also the nephew of Carlo Placci and the brother of Albert Henraux, the president of the Société des Amis du Louvre and also a member of Proust's circle. Henraux made pencil marks in the margins beside several passages. A remarkable association copy.
- Tear to inscribed leaf running through "Henraux," professionally repaired on verso.
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