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An exceptional copy. 1981 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xviii, , 384 pp. 8vo. Navy blue leather spine, blue cloth boards, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, blue ribbon marker bound in. Illustrated by Mitchell Hooks. This complex tale of self-discovery (considered by the author to be his best work) traces the path of an aging idealist, Lambert Strether. Arriving in Paris with the intention of persuading his young charge to abandon an obsession with a French woman and return home, Strether reaches unexpected conclusions.