First Edition of Henry James' The American
Item Number: 80025
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877.
First edition of this masterly early work by James. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
Christopher Newman, a 'self-made' American millionaire in France, falls in love with the beautiful aristocratic Claire de Bellegarde. Her family, however, taken aback by his brash American manner, rejects his proposal of marriage. When Newman discovers a guilty secret in the Bellegardes' past, he confronts a moral dilemma: Should he expose them and thus gain his revenge? James's masterly early work is at once a social comedy, a melodramatic romance and a realistic novel of manners.