Contents and Arrangement

Giono, Jean, Working Translation of Moby Dick, circa 1940-1941

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of Jean Giono's corrected and marked-up working copy of his 1939 French translation, with Lucien Jacques and Joan Smith, of Moby Dick by Herman Melville in preparation for a final version, which was published by Gallimard in 1941. Giono used this disbound printed edition as a proof for the later revised edition, so it serves as a corrected, revised proof of the 1941 reprint.

This widely circulated French translation was originally elaborated by the three translators between 1936 and 1939 and first published in 1939 in the Cahiers du Contadour, a literary magazine founded in Southern France by Giorno's close friend Lucien Jacques. This working copy of the Cahiers du Contadour publication was profusely corrected and annotated by Jean Giono with precise instructions for the publisher of the Gallimard reprint.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


AM 2018-91

Purchase, 2018 .


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and is regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Giono, Jean, 1895-1970, Working Translation of Moby Dick; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.