London: The Bodley Head, (1960). Single volume, measuring 7.25 x 4.75 inches: , 11-207, . Original red cloth boards lettered in gilt, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Jacket spine toned, lightest edgewear.
First U.K. edition of Raymond Queneau’s comic novel about a scrappy girl on the loose in Paris, published one year after the French first edition, Zazie dans le Métro: “it was some time before she noticed at no great distance from her a masterpiece of baroque ironmongery growing out of the pavement which was crowned with the inscription METRO. . . . The strike was still on. A smell of ferruginous and dehydrated dust rose gently from the forbidden depths.” A triumph of profane wordplay, Zazie was a popular success for Queneau, inspiring the 1960 Louis Malle film of the same name. A bright near-fine copy.