Heritage Press: The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1947)

The Red and the Black by Stendhal (aka Marie-Henri Beyle, 1947)
Sandglass Number unknown
Artwork: Drawings by Rafaello Busoni
Introduced by Hamilton Basso, translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff
Heritage Press Reprint of LEC #180/17th Series V. 6 in 1947

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Front Binding – Black boards with a red spine (apropos, yes?), with the title page illustration by Rafaello Busoni embossed into the front board in red.  Busoni may be familiar to you, as we covered his work earlier with the Heritage William Tell.  Unlike that particular book, Busoni was the illustrator for both the LEC and Heritage edition.  Django2694 has this to add about the LEC version:

The designer of the book is frequent Macy contributor Richard Ellis, who also did Two Years Before the Mast this same year. The color lithographs were pulled by the dean of American lithographers, George C. Miller. The Aldus Printers did the press work. No mention of who the binder was, but the LEC version looks exactly like the Heritage edition except the half-binding is red levant sheepskin with the title stamped in gold, as is the design by Mr. Busoni on on the front board, the front and back boards bound in black linen.

Title Page – This is the first work of Stendhal’s the LEC published – they followed with The Charterhouse of Parma, which was also illustrated by Busoni.  Busoni utilized red and black tones in this particular volume, continuing the clever play on the book’s title.  Hamilton Basso provides an introduction, and C.K. Scott-Moncrieff does the translation honors.

Page 3 – A landscape shot…

Page 201 – And a shot of principle characters.  Busoni does a phenomenal job with the art in this book – this may be my favorite of his I’ve seen.

Personal Notes – Another checked out from my library in Mariposa.  I’d like to own this one.

Any help or insights into the creation of this book would be lovely.  Please let me know through the comments here or at my thread about this blog at the George Macy Devotees @ LibraryThing!  Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Heritage Press: The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1947)”

  1. I can’t help you with anything about the creation or history of this book (or of any other in this series), but I happen to own a copy in superb condition, and can tell you that it came in a slipcover, if that is of interest. I have no idea what, if anything, that might signify.

    I found your blog while starting to Google it to try to find out what it might be worth now, as I paid a small fortune for it some years ago.

    1. Hello,

      Thanks for the info! Actually, all Heritage Press books were initially issued with a slipcase; the one featured on the blog was a library copy that long ago lost its case. As for your hunts of finding out its worth, is it a Heritage or LEC printing? If it was a LEC edition, then perhaps that small fortune was worth it! If not, then you probably overpaid, unfortunately. Most Heritage titles are not high on the monetary scale. Sorry to be the harbinger of bad news!

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