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The Way of all Flesh by Samuel Butler - Signed First Edition - 1944 - from Hatfield Books and Memorabilia (SKU: 327)

The Way of all Flesh

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The Way of all Flesh

by Samuel Butler

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HATFIELD BOOKS AND MEMORABILIA, a FIVE STAR SELLER, presents No. 65/1000 of the Doubleday Doran Limited Signed Edition of THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by SAMUEL BUTLER in its Original Labeled Slipcase. This copy is signed by the book's Illustrator, Famed American Artist ANDRE DURENCEAU. 6 3/4" x 9 3/4", with 429 pages, this book is FINE, and its accompanying Original Slipcase (maroon boards with glued on red label with white particulars) is VERY GOOD PLUS.


The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler is a semi-autobiographical novel that attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. The story traces the history of the Pontifex family from the early eighteenth century until about 1880 and focuses, for the most part, on the life of young Ernest Pontifex, the novel’s protagonist. Yet Ernest isn’t born until 1835, in the book’s 17th chapter. Butler uses the first 16 chapters to provide a psychological portrait of the Pontifex family background as a means of allowing readers to understand what factors have gone into forming Ernest’s personality and the longevity of the chains of tradition he must break. Upon publication in 1903, the book seemed very much of its time, an early 20th century groundbreaker alongside the work of Sigmund Freud and Pablo Picasso. The Way of All Flesh seemed to celebrate the end of the Victorian age just as it was decidedly over. But in fact, Butler had written the book decades earlier, between 1873 and 1884, though he deemed it too shocking for publication during his lifetime. As a result, Richard Alexander Streatfeild, a friend of Butler’s, arranged the publication — as the author requested of him — a year after his death. Streatfeild proved to be a good friend indeed as The Way of All Flesh was ranked twelfth on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

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Hatfield Books and Memorabilia US (US)
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The Way of all Flesh
Samuel Butler
Andre Durenceaux
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Very Good+
No. 65/1000 Limited Edition signed by Illustrator
Doubleday, Doran and Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
6 3/4 x 9 3/4
Bookseller catalogs
Extraordinary Illustrations; Nineteenth Centurty Literature; Signed and/or Dedicated; Banned (More or Less); Social Issues;
6 3/4 x 9 3/4

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