The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography
Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography 1919
Illustrated by Samuel Chamberlain
Published by The Heritage Press, New York in 1942
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in three-quarter morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine and gold gilt titles and ruling. Single gilt lines to the boards and corners. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpaper, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published in 1918, this is The Heritage Press, New York edition published in 1942 that is illustrated with 12 gravures by Samuel Chamberlain. From the publisher, “As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past Presidents, Henry Adams was forever focused on the experiences and expectations unique to America. A prompt bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Education of Henry Adams (1918) recounts his own and his country's development from 1838--the year Adams was born--up to 1905, thus incorporating the Civil War, unprecedented capitalist expansion, and the growth of the United States as a world power. Adams considered the nation both a success and a failure, and this paradox was the very impetus that compelled him to set down his Education--in the pages of which he also voiced a deep skepticism about mankind's ability to control the direction of history. Written with immense wit and irony, reassembling the past while glimpsing at the future, this book wholly expresses what Henry James declared the "complex fate" of being an American. Adams's thoroughly documented vision remains one of the most absorbing American autobiographies ever written.”
Measures approximately 9.5” x 6.5” with 469 pages as well as an introduction by Henry Seidel Camby, Table of Contents, List of Gravures, Preface, and Index.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with a superficial mark to the back board. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses Adam’s Pulitzer Prize winning work.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.