The Aspern Papers.

"Her face was not young, but it was simple; it was not fresh, but it was mild": First Edition of Henry James' The Aspern Papers

The Aspern Papers.

JAMES, Henry.


Item Number: 81151

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.

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