Very Good. Item #8233
Paris: Paul Ollendorff, 1890. First Trade Edition. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's crimson morocco-backed marbled boards, gilt spine in six compartments, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original pictorial wrappers bound in; ,233pp. Boards a bit scuffed, chiefly at corners (bumped with brief exposure), text block rather brittle and toned due to inferior paper quality, else a Very Good, still quite attractive copy overall.
Maupassant's colonialist, and oft-fictionalized, travelogue inspired by his escape from Paris and what he believed to be the new eye-sore the Eiffel Tower, to the North African region of Maghreb (his flight artfully depicted on the bound-in upper wrapper). There the author faced a different kind of French ugliness, that of the colonialist force, though as one scholar points out, Maupassant can't help but fall "into the 'exoticizing' trap of the European gaze on a land of mystery, one affording him as escape from the bourgeois France of his time," especially in regards to the veiled women he encounters (see Mary Poteau-Tralie, "Reframing Guy de Maupassant's 'Allouma' Through the Lens of Assia Djebar," in "Dalhousie French Studies," Vol. 94 (Spring, 2011), p. 146).