Abbe Mouret’s Transgressions, A Realistic Novel


Zola, Émile (1840-1902)


Zola, Émile (1840-1902). Abbe Mouret’s Transgressions, A Realistic Novel ; [Early American printing of Zola’s most vociferously anti-clerical novel.]. Chicago: Laird & Lee Publishers, 1890. Translated from the 52nd French Edition. pp. 283, 6. 12mo., measuring 7.25″ x 5″. Plain black, pebbled cloth over boards. Black-and-white illustrated frontispiece depicting a scene from the novel. Remarkably well-preserved in consideration of its age, the extremities show only a very light touch of edgewear to the tips, pages lightly age-toned but remain entirely without blemish. Overall, very good+. Scarce in commerce, our offering being the only extant copy at time of cataloguing of this iteration. Hardcover. Originally published in French as, “La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret”, in 1875, our offering is a particularly early American printing of this, the fifth volume, in Zola’s twenty-volume series commonly known as “Les Rougon-Macquart” or “Histoire naturelle et sociale d’une famille sous le Second Empire”. This English translation was most likely based upon Vizetelly & Co.’s 1886 printing (the translator remains unknown, See OCLC Ciration #1536033). (#3521) $295.00