First American edition of this work in which the French theorist performs a detailed semiological analysis of the Balzac novel Sarrasine. Translated by Richard Miller, with a preface by Richard Howard. NY: Hill and Wang, 1974. Octavo (5.75 x 8.5 in.); xi, 271pp.; black cloth boards; gold spine lettering; in dust jacket. Near fine, with light bumping to spine ends and bottom corners, and the remnants of a former owner's name and address sticker on the front pastedown. In a very good, unclipped jacket with light edgewear and several short tears, some toning to spine and flap perimeters.