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Flaubert (Gustave)

SALAMBO (Golden Cockerel Press)

Translated by E. Powys Mathers

Published: The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, 1931

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Decorated with Engravings on Wood by Robert Gibbings

318 pages, wood engraved frontispiece and chapter head and tail pieces by Gibbings,light blue buckram spine with a black leather title label and patterned brown paper sides (corners worn), top edge gilt other edges uncut, printed on Van Gelder paper, contents crisp. 

The colophon reads: This book was printed by Robert and Moira Gibbins at the Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire, & completed on the 30th July, 1931. Compositors: F. Young and A.H. Gibbs. Pressman: A.C. Cooper. 

The edition is limited to 500 copies, of which this is No. 318

Salammbô (1862) is a historical novel by Gustave Flaubert. It is set in Carthage during the 3rd century BC, immediately before and during the Mercenary Revolt which took place shortly after the First Punic War. Flaubert's main source was Book I of Polybius's Histories. It was not a particularly well-studied period of history and required a great deal of work from the author, who enthusiastically left behind the realism of his masterpiece Madame Bovary for this melodramatic, blood-soaked tale. 

The book, which Flaubert researched painstakingly, is largely an exercise in sensuous and violent exoticism. Following the success of Madame Bovary, it was another best-seller and sealed his reputation. The Carthaginian costumes described in it even left traces on the fashions of the time. Nevertheless, in spite of its classic status in France, it is not widely known today among English speakers.


  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 4to (255 x 195 mm)
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