SAGAN, Francoise. Bonjour Tristesse. Paris: Marcel Lubineau, 1954.
8vo., tastefully rebound in full French purple morocco with two raised bands to spine; lettering in gilt direct to spine; with matching slip-case; a.e.g., purple stained endpapers; pp. [xi], 177, [vii] with frontis and 11 inter-text illustrations, along with an additional suite of 25 plates bound in at the end; original pictorial wrappers bound in, all printed on high-quality heavy stock paper; spine characteristically but attractively sunned, slip case with some external rubbing and the odd chip, otherwise a fine, fresh copy.
First illustrated edition by Grau-Sala, one of a deluxe edition of 50 copies from a limited run of 575 copies, with 6 of the 25 additional plates having been rejected by the publisher, etched frontispiece and silk proof mounted to front paste-down.
This lavish edition of Sagan's most famous work was published in the same year as the initial publication by Éditions Julliard. Written when Sagan was just 18, Bonjour Tristesse scandalised France with its depictions of sexual freedom, whirlwood romances and hedonistic summer evenings, and captures the awkward coming-of-age period between teenage inhibition and the realities of adulthood.
Grau-Sala relocated to Paris upon the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, where he became influenced by the great impressionists such as Manet and Renoir. He became associated with the Jeune Peinture (Young Painting) School of Paris, made up of the postwar generation of painters working in a modern, less traditional style in the 1950s. He went on to illustrate a number of notable editions by Maupassant, Colette, and Baudelaire.