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The Aspern Papers; Louisa Pallant; The Modern Warning

by James, Henry

Condition: Very Good/No DJ


London and New York: MacMillan and Co., 1888. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First American Edition.. 1888 date on title page and copyright page. Publisher's blue cloth binding with gilt decoration on front board and spine; titles in gilt on spine. Boards bright, corners gently rubbed and bumped, edges gently rubbed. Spine edges rubbed, head and heel rubbed, small white spot of discoloration at middle of spine. Binding sound. Text block lightly toned, interior bright and clean. A solid copy; photographs available upon request. Size: 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾.

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.



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