Germinal. A Realistic Novel

ZOLA, Emile. Germinal. A Realistic Novel.

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ZOLA, Emile Germinal. A Realistic Novel. Vizetelly & Co. 1885.

8vo. Original brown cloth with gilt vignette and letterig to front, gilt lettering to spine, floral endpapers; pp.464 + 20 [publisher's catalogue]; a little bumped to extremities, vertical crease to spine, very good.
First English edition, translated and published by Vizetelly not long before he was imprisoned for publishing Zola and other 'demoralising' works. This novel is considered to be Zola's great contribution to literature. A rallying cry for social justice in its portrayal of the brutal lives of miners, it is both a landmark of realist literature and a powerful political statement.