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The Aspern Papers.

by James, Henry

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London: Macmillan and Co, 1888. First edition of one of James' best-known longer novellas, based on the letters from Percy Bysshe Shelley to his second wife Mary Shelley's stepsister Claire Clairmont, whom he was known to have had several affairs with. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear to the spine.     One of James best-selling longer novellas, The Aspern Papers was based on the love letters from Percy Bysshe Shelley to his wife Mary Shelley's stepsister, Claire Clairmont. The novel was heralded for demonstrating James' uncanny ability to build suspense while simultaneously developing the complexity of his characters.

With a decaying Venetian villa as a backdrop, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. Led by his mission into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, he is ultimately faced with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it at an overwhelming price.


  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 81151
  • Title: The Aspern Papers.
  • Author: James, Henry
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1888
  • Keywords: First Edition Henry James, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, the aspern papers


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