Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Vintage book rare edition Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, New Translation by Francis Steegmuller w/ Book of the Month Club signed letter

Vintage book rare edition Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, New Translation by Francis Steegmuller w/ Book of the Month Club signed letter

Ask a question

$40.00

Only 1 available

Don't wait. There's only 1 of these available.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Favorited by: 13 people
  • Gift message available
This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

Shipping & returns

Get it fast! Ready to ship in 1–3 business days.
From New Haven, CT
No returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Description

There is no other book like this one.

Madame Bovary is one of the best love-affair novels out there because it isn't about just one affair, but many. It's about a doctor's wife (Emma) who is not happy with life, and so she galavants around and tries to entertain herself, constantly changing something, either the scene or the people around her, to no avail. She strings multiple men along in the process, and you'd think you'd hate this character for doing so, and while you kind of do, you kind of have to love her for it in a way. Gustave Flaubert's expert writing makes you.

It is his debut novel and it is still largely considered his best, which is a feat in itself--it is reminiscent of Anna Karenina or Daisy Miller in the fact of its female protagonist's beauty and vivaciousness driving the novel, and driving the reader almost mad with page-turning. You have to know, are so curious chapter by chapter what is going to happen to her, to her husband, to her lovers, to the world surrounding her which seems to feed off of her drama and ever-changing direction.

She's us, really, on our worst days, when we are so bored we question what the meaning of life even IS--how can anything matter? Her existential crisis does not just affect her, unfortunately, and it is these ripples she causes that make the novel the most interesting. Flaubert has us following the erratic trail of a woman who goes after what she wants with passion and determination in order to ultimately cure her emptiness. We can admire and respect this, of course, but she hurts people almost as much as she is hurting herself. She gets bored instantly as a wife and mother, for instance, and so she "falls ill" and like Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, she largely dismisses the idea she even has children, let alone the actual little ones.

The novel and its mistress are iconic and should be read by every serious reader and literary scholar, sure, but I would argue it should be read by people unsure whether they would like it, because I have a feeling they would.

I'm talking to you, there.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Madame Bovary -- new translation by Francis Steegmuller
-Author: Gustave Flaubert
-Translator: Francis Steegmuller
-Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, first edition
-Condition: Good! There is an age-stain on the spine and the dust jacket is ripped about a centimeter up the front right corner, but the rest of the book is in near mint condition. It also has an exciting addition: a letter inside from the president of the famous The Book of the Month Club, also from 1957, signed by Meredith Wood the president, and in perfect condition as if it were printed yesterday.
-Publisher: Random House New York
-Copyright: Francis Steegmuller 1957,
-Date published: 1957
-Provenance: I bought this from a vintage store in Mystic, CT in November 2016
-Pricing: I priced this item according to the fact I could find no other copy of this special translation (printed on the centennial of when the book was first published) and trademarked by the famous The Book of the Month Club. The cover is completely unique, the translation also completely unique from any other edition of this book, and the most notable feature that added to my pricing decision is the official letter tucked in the front from the president of The Book of the Month Club, signed by herself Meredith Wood, with a pleasant introduction to the new member of the group and explanation why the book was gifted to them, how to participate in the club, and other details. What is ESPECIALLY awesome about this copy is that the letter is connected to an official book ad for the title. None of this is available anywhere. There truly is no other book like this one.
There is no other book like this one.

Madame Bovary is one of the best love-affair novels out there because it isn't about just one affair, but many. It's about a doctor's wife (Emma) who is not happy with life, and so she galavants around and tries to entertain herself, constantly changing something, either the scene or the people around her, to no avail. She strings multiple men along in the process, and you'd think you'd hate this character for doing so, and while you kind of do, you kind of have to love her for it in a way. Gustave Flaubert's expert writing makes you.

It is his debut novel and it is still largely considered his best, which is a feat in itself--it is reminiscent of Anna Karenina or Daisy Miller in the fact of its female protagonist's beauty and vivaciousness driving the novel, and driving the reader almost mad with page-turning. You have to know, are so curious chapter by chapter what is going to happen to her, to her husband, to her lovers, to the world surrounding her which seems to feed off of her drama and ever-changing direction.

She's us, really, on our worst days, when we are so bored we question what the meaning of life even IS--how can anything matter? Her existential crisis does not just affect her, unfortunately, and it is these ripples she causes that make the novel the most interesting. Flaubert has us following the erratic trail of a woman who goes after what she wants with passion and determination in order to ultimately cure her emptiness. We can admire and respect this, of course, but she hurts people almost as much as she is hurting herself. She gets bored instantly as a wife and mother, for instance, and so she "falls ill" and like Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, she largely dismisses the idea she even has children, let alone the actual little ones.

The novel and its mistress are iconic and should be read by every serious reader and literary scholar, sure, but I would argue it should be read by people unsure whether they would like it, because I have a feeling they would.

I'm talking to you, there.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Madame Bovary -- new translation by Francis Steegmuller
-Author: Gustave Flaubert
-Translator: Francis Steegmuller
-Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, first edition
-Condition: Good! There is an age-stain on the spine and the dust jacket is ripped about a centimeter up the front right corner, but the rest of the book is in near mint condition. It also has an exciting addition: a letter inside from the president of the famous The Book of the Month Club, also from 1957, signed by Meredith Wood the president, and in perfect condition as if it were printed yesterday.
-Publisher: Random House New York
-Copyright: Francis Steegmuller 1957,
-Date published: 1957
-Provenance: I bought this from a vintage store in Mystic, CT in November 2016
-Pricing: I priced this item according to the fact I could find no other copy of this special translation (printed on the centennial of when the book was first published) and trademarked by the famous The Book of the Month Club. The cover is completely unique, the translation also completely unique from any other edition of this book, and the most notable feature that added to my pricing decision is the official letter tucked in the front from the president of The Book of the Month Club, signed by herself Meredith Wood, with a pleasant introduction to the new member of the group and explanation why the book was gifted to them, how to participate in the club, and other details. What is ESPECIALLY awesome about this copy is that the letter is connected to an official book ad for the title. None of this is available anywhere. There truly is no other book like this one.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(62)

Payment options

Secure options
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.

Returns & exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

FAQs

Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…