8vo, pp. 360, with a photogravure portrait of Zola after Manet bound in; in very good condition, edges uncut, in contemporary or near-contemporary half red morocco signed by Émile Carayon (1843–1909), flat spine lettered in gilt; the original pale yellow wrappers (dated 1872 as always) and spine bound in.
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First edition of the second novel in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series, La Curée. The first six volumes of the series were printed on ordinary paper only (no grand papier issue) and are all very rare.
Carteret II, 480.
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