Valencia: Prometeo, 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition (Valencia, 6,000), 396pp, in Spanish). Modern half cloth binding, near fine (issued originally in cloth and wrappers with no known priority). Near fine. Item #305
Paris is the setting, and WWI is the time, for this novel contrasting events that engulf 2 families divided by the conflict. It was a huge success world wide (200 editions in almost every language), a 1919 American edition was the Publishers Weekly number 1 bestseller for that year. Films were made and released in 1921 (Valentino) and in 1962 (reset in the ‘40s). We sold a copy 8 years ago with 8,000 on the title page (our catalog 42). This one’s earlier with 6,000 on the title page. My quickie census of copies held by Institutions could not find one with a number lower than 10,000, including copies in wrappers or even rebound ones. That doesn’t mean they’re not out there. It just may mean they are not findable by me.