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The Question of Speech and The Lessons of Balzac: Two Lectures.

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The Question of Speech and The Lessons of Balzac: Two Lectures.

by James, Henry

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Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905. First edition of this publication of two notable speeches delivered by Henry James at Bryn Mawr College and the Contemporary Club of Philadelphia in 1905. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. From the library of Carl Van Vechten with his ownership signature to the front panel "Carl Van Vechten New York May 24 - 1919" and bookplate to the rear panel. Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and photographer, a major patron of the Harlem Renaissance, and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. In near fine condition. A unique example with noted provenance. On his tour throughout the Unites States between 1904 and 1905, Henry James delivered a number of academic lectures at universities and private clubs, most notably A Question of Our Speech delivered on June 8th, 1905 at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and The Lesson of Balzac, delivered for the first time before the Contmporary Club of Philadelphia on January 12th 1905.


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The Question of Speech and The Lessons of Balzac: Two Lectures.
James, Henry
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Houghton, Mifflin and Company
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Boston and New York
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Bryn Mawr College, Carl Van Vechten, Contemporay Club of Philadelphia, Henry James, The Lessons of Balzac, The Question of Our Speech

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