MEN OF GOOD WILL. Jules Romains.


Translated by Warre B. Wells and Gerard Hopkins. Twelve volumes in nine, totalling over 3,500 pages, the first seven volumes with pictorial title page designed by Rex Whistler, the title page of the last two volumes printed in red & black, index of characters each volume, some volumes with advertisements at end; red cloth, spines lettered in gilt; top edges red (mostly faded); dust wrappers, slightly soiled and foxed, edges lightly rubbed and split, with a couple of tiny chips, occasional slight silverfishing; free endpapers faintly offset, a little light foxing; Lovat Dickson, London, 1933-1937. First U.K. editions (the last two volumes apparently from the U.S. sheets). *With publisher's ephemera loosely inserted in several volumes. The first twelve books (Volumes I, VIII & IX each contain two books) of Jules Romains' massive novel sequence, originally published in French in 27 volumes. In America, the full sequence was published by Knopf in 14 volumes, but in the U.K. it remained incomplete. (In 1938 Lovat Dickson sold his publishing company to Peter Davies, who issued a few further volumes, ending with Book 18). Rex Whistler's striking design for the title page of the first two volumes is repeated on the dust wrappers. Jules Romains was the pseudonym of French novelist, poet and dramatist Louis Henri Jean Farigould (1885-1972). Item #152947

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