An unique collection of original editions
Exposed in the entrance of the literary hotel Gustave Flaubert, they are a precious collection, from the most well-known titles to the rarest. We can see the first printings of Madame Bovary (Michel Lévy, 1857, with the inaccurate dedication to the lawyer, Sénard, written Sénart) and of Salammbô (Michel Lévy, 1863 ; it includes the errors «effraya» instead of «effrayèrent» p. 5, and «Scissites» instead of «Syssites»).
Then there is L’Éducation sentimentale (Michel Lévy, 1870), La Tentation de saint Antoine (Charpentier, 1874) and Trois contes (Charpentier, 1877). We also find Bouvard et Pécuchet, the works of his youth, the theatre and previously-unpublished works which were published posthumously. The edition of the Correspondance, « l’une des plus belles de notre littérature » according to Jean Bruneau, was completed by Yvan Leclerc for the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (volume V and General Index, 2007). The library also has original editions of certain re-editions, of which some are marvellously illustrated as well as those of the passionate studies of René Dumesnil, Henri Guillemin and many others.
A multilingual library
The Literary Hotel Gustave Flaubert has a library of over 500 books. The works of the author are available in pocket editions for all of the visitors and in many languages (English, German, Russian, Estonian, etc). Other than the titles of Madame Bovary, Salammbô or L’Éducation sentimentale, one can read the passionate Correspondance between Flaubert and his friends: Ivan Tourguéniev, George Sand, Guy de Maupassant, the Goncourt brothers, etc. One also finds the studies done by the best specialists of our times, such as Yvan Leclerc or Michel Winock, as well as the more unusual approaches such as Julian Barnes (Le perroquet de Flaubert, Stock, 2000).