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												The Ambassadors by  Henry JAMES
	 - Hardcover
			 - 1963
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The Ambassadors

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The Ambassadors

by JAMES, Henry

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New York: The Heritage Press. Very Good+. 1963. Hardcover. The 1903 novel by Henry James (1843-1916) was first published in 12 parts in the North American Review. This attractive edition in slipcase and illustrated in color by Leslie Saalburg. With an introduction by the author. --- In full red cloth-covered boards with titling and decorations in gilt on spine; red topstain. Sandglass flyer not present. Slipcase in copper foil-look paper-covered boards. --- A clean, bright and tightly-bound copy but with prior owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down, slight soiling to back cover and lower textblock edge. Slipcase with some rubbing, remains structurally sound. Overall, a very nice copy with striking illustrations.; Small Quarto (9 to 11 in. tall); xxi, 384 pages .

Synopsis

Chad Newsome has gone to Paris. He is charmed by Old World fascinations and caught up in the leisurely craft and bohemian direction of European worldliness. An older woman of rank and adventurous but subtle skill, Madame de Vionnet, strokes his ego and does her best to keep Chad in Paris indefinitely. Chad's mother lives in Woollett, Mass., and wants her son to return to run the family business. Mrs. Newsome is an invalid and cannot go to Paris to fetch her son herself, so she employs Lambert Strether and Sarah Pocock to return Chad to Massachusetts. Sarah has been to Paris before and is aware of its attractiveness, so her determination to succeed in this task is fixed and uncompromising. Strether is of later middle age, however, and inspired by the fairytale of a beautiful life in Europe. Mrs. Newsome has promised to marry Strether if he can bring Chad home. Strether is completely enamored by the Parisian character and its enchantments and has a difficult time completing his mission. The drama of reestablishing Chad in business in America and of coming to terms with the mythological romance of France leaves the reader unbalanced, trying to recover equilibrium in the real world. Those involved with Chad's rescue are compelled to recognize the deep intimacies of personal attachment and the accepted proprieties of direct consequence. The success and failures of such an undertaking are unpredictable. The result of every character's attempt to steer Chad rightly is a strange conglomeration of role reversal, fantasy, and truth.

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bookseller
Bluebird Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
82784
Title
The Ambassadors
Author
JAMES, Henry
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Heritage Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1963

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paste-down
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gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]
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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
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