Item #1003250 The Cat. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Morris Bentinck, Susanne Suba.
The Cat

The Cat

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1936). Octavo, original mauve cloth lettered in blue, top edge stained yellow, foreedge uncut, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Black and white illustrations in text. Penciled ownership inscription, dated 1937, to front free endpaper; bookseller ticket (Tecolote Bookshop, Santa Barbara) to lower pastedown. Light edgewear, one small closed tear, and occasional smudge to jacket.

First American edition of Colette’s psychological novel La Chatte, originally published in French in 1933. An unhappy young couple on their honeymoon are driven apart by the husband’s open preference for his Chartreux cat: “Before having chosen you, Saha, perhaps I had never known that one could choose. As for the rest, my marriage pleases everyone, and there are moments when it satisfies me, too, but . . .” A very good copy of a scarce book, in a striking dust jacket by Susanne Suba.

Price: $300.00