The Ambassadors – Henry James


The Ambassadors – Henry James


Title: The Ambassadors
Author: Henry James, Eugène Atget (photos)
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1980. A Limited Edition for subscribers, in the 100 Greatest Books of All Time series
Condition: Hardcover. Black leather, near-flawless except very minor wear on top edge. Has previous owner’s bookplate attached, which can be pasted over on request. Beautiful book, will cost extra to ship overseas.

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This book features:

  • Full black leather binding
  • Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
  • Silk moire endsheets
  • Satin bookmark, sewn-in
  • Hubbed spine with 3 raised bands
  • Smyth-sewn binding for durability
  • Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow

About The Ambassadors:

The second of James’s three late masterpieces, was, in its author’s opinion, “the best, all round, of my productions”.

Lambert Strether, a mild middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure, and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman; and as the Parisian spring advances, he himself succumbs to the allure of the ‘vast bright Babylon’ and to the mysterious charm of Madame de Vionnet.

More at wikipedia.

About the Author:

Henry James (1843-1916), son of Henry James Sr. and brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness and morality.

About the photographer, Eugène Atget.