LOVERS ARE NEVER LOSERS, by Jean Giono - 1931 [1st ed., DJ]


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Lovers Are Never Losers

by Jean Giono

translated by Jacques Le Clercq 

First edition.  New York:  Brentano's Publishers, 1931  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Green cloth covers have yellow ornament and black title. 
  • Boards show some sunning at edges, shadow marks on front cover and spine, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine has black text and is sunned, with bumped, softened ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is secure. 
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little sign of age or wear; bookseller mark in pencil at front pastedown.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have a little dust at head, untrimmed fore edges.  
  • Illustrated DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • DJ has some edgewear, chipping to spine ends, corners; closed tears along head edge, bumping along foot edge, some staining to back.  See photos. 
  • PS2024.0214

257 pages. 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches

A very good first edition copy of an early novel by Provençal novelist Jean Giono (1895-1970).  The narrator is old Amédée, an itinerant farm hand, the voice is rustic, and the story "heroic in its assault upon senseless conventions, free and candid as a romance, universal and sure in the understanding that compels sympathy." (jacket flap) 

Translated from the French by Jacques Le Clercq (d. 1972), Professor at Queens College, known for his many English translations of French literature. 

Jacket design by Margaret Ayer.

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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