The book has a delightful cover illustration, one of the very best, made especially for the novel. It is also almost the oldest Villette cover illustration. This artist clearly studied the novel, whereas the oldest illustration (Portugal 1943) does not seem to have a real relationship with it. The illustration of the street could quite well depict a Brussels street of the time, and the two women’s heads, darkening the man’s walk, well reflect the novel.
It is interesting that this decade of about 1943-1953 was a sort of golden age for Villette covers, with drawings especially made for the novel.
|Cover of the 1945 Argentinian Villette|
The inside cover has an advertising text for Tormentas de Pasion by Isabel Gaskell, another book published by Ayacucho from Buenos Aires. It is a remarkable title for a translation of Mrs. Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë.
A new Polish Villette
Not much further searching for new translated editions was done since the end of the series early 2017. It seems quite certain though that 2017 will be a fairly poor year, in numbers of editions of translations of Charlotte’s two Brussels novels, compared especially with the four previous years.
But at least Poland had a new translated edtion too, published on 30 August by Wydawnictwo from Warsaw (684 pp.). It brings the score of 2017, so far, to 3 Villettes and 1 The Professor.
It is the eight’ edition of Rosa Centnerszwerowa’s translation, thereby extending her run to a remarkable 78 years since the first edition.
|Cover of the 2017 Polish Villette|