Gifts & Collector's Editions

  • In Search of Lost Time. Trans. C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Terence Kilmartin, and D.J. Enright. The Folio Society, 2001.
    6 tomes.
    • This recently-reprinted, beautifully-bound edition in blue with Art Nouveau cover art, on quality paper, illustrated with photographs by Atget, and packaged in a slipcover, can be found online from The Folio Society for under $20 US as part of their introductory book club offer. A fantastic gift for any Proust lover.

  • In Search of Lost Time. Trans. C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Terence Kilmartin, and D.J. Enright. Everyman's Library, 2001. ISBN: 1857152506. 4 tomes.
    • This edition was only published in the U.K. but is available online if you hunt around. Try searching by ISBN. If you are familiar with Everyman's Library, you know they publish extremely handsome, quality volumes. This edition is packaged in a slipcase and has an Introduction by Harold Bloom.

  • À la recherche du temps perdu. Paris: Pléiade, 1987. 4 tomes.
    • For those who want to purchase a fine French edition, these leather-bound volumes are the edition of choice. This is also the scholarly edition for those who write on Proust. Be advised, a good third of each volume is made up of notes and variants, and the paper is too delicate for marginal notes or underlining. At one point available as a boxed set, this edition is now only available in individual volumes. Try Amazon Canada or

  • À la recherche du temps perdu. Paris: Quarto Gallimard, 1999. ISBN: 2070754928. 1 tome.
    • Ever want the Recherche in a single volume? Here it is! The Pléiade edition in one paperback volume with no notes. The paper is moderately thin, but I must I say love having the entire novel in my hand at one time. Again, try Amazon Canada or

  • Album Proust. Paris: Pléiade, 1965.
    • This item is something any serious Proustian should covet. Each year the Bibliothéque de la Pléiade publishes a leather-bound "album" dedicated to an individual author. The "Album Proust" contains over 412 drawings, photographs and other documents relating to the Recherche and Proust's life. It is quite rare. Try the bookstalls along the Seine next time you are in Paris. Or try searching online.

  • Karpeles, Eric. Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time. London: Thames & Hudson, 2008.
    • I like to think that this project was inspired by the The Novel & the Visual Arts pages of this site. What a beautiful book! The dust jacket says it as good as I could: "Karpele's lavishly illustrated guide offers a feast for the eyes as it celebrates the close relationship between the visual and literary arts in Proust's masterpiece. Karpeles has identified and located all of the paintings to which Proust makes exact reference. Where only a painter's name is mentioned to indicate a certain mood or appearance, he has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke." This is a volume any serious reader of Proust's novel would be happy to have at hand; the visual dimension of the work can now be appreciated in full.

  • Dictionnaire Marcel Proust. Eds. Annick Bouillaguet and Brian G. Rogers. Paris: Champion, 2004. ISBN: 2745309560. 1099 pages.
    • Not a book by Proust, but rather an encyclopedia of all things relating to Proust or mentioned in the Recherche, in a style similar to the Oxford Companion series. There are over a thousand entries written by a team of thirty-seven international Proust scholars. Very useful, fun to leaf through, but as a "synthèse concernant l'homme et l'écrivain" perhaps a bit too tidy for my taste. Although published in 2004, it's difficult to find.

  • A Proust Dictionary. Maxine Arnold Vogely. New York: Whitston, 1981. ISBN: 0878752056.
    • This is a great reference work for Proust lovers. Vogely's entries, from "Abbaye-aux-Bois" to "Zurlinden," are modest and straightforward, and provide page references to the novel ( Random House and 1954 Pléiade editions). This is the first place I turn to identify an unfamiliar reference. Another hard to find treasure.

  • Montblanc pen set
    • In 1999 as part of their Writers Series Montblanc produced a limited edition of pens (fountain, ballpen, and automatic pencil) inspired by Proust: "Crafted of jet black Montblanc precious resin and 925 sterling silver, the body is engraved with filigree patterns. Proust's signature and the limited edition number are engraved on the cap. The 18 kt. nib is engraved with an hour glass representing our relationship with time." I've seen these pens being sold online individually or in a lovely boxed set with documentation. Beautiful and expensive.

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