"France may be Paris, but Paris is not France": First Edition of Henry James' classic illustrated travel account: A Little Tour in France

  • A Little Tour in France.
  • A Little Tour in France.
  • A Little Tour in France.
  • A Little Tour in France.
  • A Little Tour in France.
  • A Little Tour in France.

A Little Tour in France.

$225.00

Item Number: 81148

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900.

First illustrated edition of James’ classic account of his six-week tour to provincial France between 1883 and 1884. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, frontispiece of Old Street, Dijon with tissue guard present. Illustrated by Joseph Pennell. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spine. A beautiful example.

Originally published under the title En Provence as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, A Little Tour of France recounts James' six-week tour throughout the provincial towns of Provence between 1883 and 1884 including Tours, Bourge, Nantes, Toulouse and Arles among others. Although he tried moving to Paris before settling in London in 1876, James returned to France in 1882 and discovered the provincial towns of the French countryside. He wrote in a letter to personal friend Isabella Gardner after this second visit: "I have seen more of France than I had ever seen before, and on the whole liked it better."

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