La Nausee Jean-Paul Sartre 1950 Novel Philosophy Signed Copy Nausea

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La Nausee

(Nausea) – In French language


Copy of La Nausee, one of the most famous works by Jean Paul Sartre. Sartre was one of, if not the most influential among existentialist philosophers. From a bibliophile point of view this book might as well have an inestimable value because of its dedication. This book is signed by the author and dedicated to Olga (Kosakiewicz / Ольга Козакевич). This not only confirms Sartre’s relationship with the ten year younger Ukrainian but it also makes this book unique. The full dedication reads, as shown on scans “A Olga, en trés amical hommage, JP Sartre”.

Olga Kosakiewicz

Olga Kosakiewicz was a student of of Simone de Beauvoir who joined the circle of de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre in 1935, when she was only 19. She and her sister Wanda had close connections with French existentialists at the time. Sartre wrote that Wanda was one of the reasons that his friendship with Albert Camus went sour.

The Kiev-born Olga, along with Bianca Lamblin and Natalie Sorokin, later stated that their “trio” relationships with Sartre and de Beauvoir damaged them psychologically. The character of Ivich from one of the Sartre’s trilogy is actually a representation of Olga Kosakiewicz.

The philosopher didn’t sign many books until the ’60 when he was at the peak of his popularity and when most of his works were translated in foreign languages.


Paris, Librairie Gallimard – Collection Pourpre, [1950]


Pp.: 251 + [3]

Size: Duodecimo – 12mo


Binding: Original cloth binding with illustrated dust jacket. Minor imperfections on the edges of the panels, top and bottom spine extreme slightly worn. Dustjacket shows minor tears, worn along the edges.

Condition: A few underlining made with pencil on the following pages: 50, 56, 59. Paper browning due to aging, besides that, clean copy.


Provenance: Bought from the heir of the private library of the Serbian great dramaturg Jovan Ćirilov (1931 – 2014). Aquired during August of 2015. He was a member of the National UNESCO Commission of the Republic Serbia. He got many awards for his cultural contribution: Chavalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Lifetime achievement to the culture of Serbia, two Sterija awards, Joakim Vujić award, Sretenje Order award and other. Ćirilov was one of the foremost experts in theatre theory in Serbia but also a writer, columnist as well as a political activist in his younger days. Founder of the БИТЕФ (Belgrade International Theatre Festival), one of the most significant culture festivals in Serbia.


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