The Well of Santa Clara, Anatole France, 1903, Leather, First Edition


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The Well of Santa Clara

by Anatole France

Translated into English by A. R. Allinson, M. A. Oxon

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Publisher: Charles Carrington, Paris

Printer: Clarke and Bishop

Copyright: 1903

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About Anatole France

Anatole France, born François-Anatole Thibault, (1844-1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize for 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".

Charles Carrington (1857-1921) was a leading British publisher of erotica in late-19th and early 20th century Europe. Born Paul Harry Ferdinando in Bethnal Green, England on 11 November 1867, he moved in 1895 from London to Paris where he published and sold books in the rue Faubourg Montmartre and rue de Chateaudun; for a short period he moved his activities to Brussels.

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About Charles Carrington

Carrington also published works of classical literature, including the first English translation of Aristophanes' "Comedies," and books by famous authors such as Oscar Wilde and Anatole France, in order to hide his "undercover" erotica publications under a veil of legitimacy. His books featured the erotic art of Martin van Maële. He published a French series La Flagellation a Travers le Monde mainly on English flagellation, identifying it as an English predilection.

Carrington went blind as a result of syphilis and the last few years of his life were spent in poverty as his mistress stole his valuable collection of rare books. He was placed in a lunatic asylum and died in 1921 at Ivry-sur-Seine, France.

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Condition: This book is in very good condition. Hardcover. Half blue leather with hand marbled boards. Cover has minimal rubbing along edges and corners. Spine is hand tooled with bright gilt, some rubbing on head/tail. Cover hinges are strong. Endpapers are hand marbled with gold flecks. Book bears an elegant ex libris that reads, "Mabel and H. Hiram Weinberg." Printed in heavy stock with rough cut pages. Many of the pages are still uncut. This book has wonderful typesetting and typography. All of the text is set in Art Nouveau green frames. Frontis is age toned. Interior back hinge is cracked. Original spine of softcover pamphlet has been bound neatly to back endpaper.

Mabel and H. Hiram Weisberg estate. were a philanthropic couple from Syracuse, NY. This book came from their estate.


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