« Read this! It’s more than a novel. In my opinion,
nothing more cruel and truer has been said about young girls »
« I read with jubilation the new Montherlant: Les Jeunes Filles.
No one had ever been so close to the essential incompatibility
of the human couple! » (Roger Martin du Gard).
A superb copy: one of the 25 numbered on Holland,
specially printed for « the 25 of the club from Lyon »,
preserved in its very attractive binding signed by Madeleine Gras.
Montherlant, Henri de. Les Jeunes filles.
Paris, Bernard Grasset, 1936.
12mo of 297 pp., (1) p.
Red morocco, golden dotted patterns on covers, spine decorated in the same manner, gilt edges, covers and back preserved. M. Gras.
185 x 119 mm.
First edition of Henri de Montherlant’s most famous book.
One of the 25 numbered on Holland, specially printed for « the 25 of the club from Lyon ».
Our copy bears number 8.
« I read with jubilation the new Montherlant: Les Jeunes Filles. No one had ever been so close to the essential incompatibility of the human couple! And the author shows an admirable impartiality », wrote Roger Martin du Gard in 1936 advising his daughter to read the book.
« In this famous book by Montherlant, Man and Woman are described mercilessly in the turns of their emotional lives, the author exposing their hearts. »
« Les Jeunes filles » relies on the central figure of Costals, a successful seductive writer, to draw up an overview of gender relations.
Pierre Costals is a writer barely in his thirties but whose fame is already well established. Apart from an absolute passion for his creative work, he divides his free time the love of his brown son, born of a temporary union, and the systematic fulfillment of his sentimental fantasies. Very eclectic in this field, he lets himself be pushed by the wind of his mood, his thirst for enjoyment being matched only by his desire for absolute independence. Moreover, he succeeds well enough in reconciling the two, orchestrating them as a spiritual and fine virtuoso who is careful not to let himself be trapped in the heart.
A superb copy preserved in its binding signed by Madeleine Gras.
One of the most famous bookbinders of the 20th century, Madeleine Gras, comes from a modest background and learned her art at the school of the Central Union of Decorative Arts. She finished her training in 1922, when she exhibited at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, before joining the studio of Noulhac. She settled as a craftsman from 1942 until her death in 1958.