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The author, signing the title page on April 7, 1892, quoted from page 233 of his work in French: "Qui sait, quand la belle saison finira, lequell de nous sera encore en vie?"
It is a joy to read the lyrical words of Loti in the French language. The book measures 7 1/2" h x 4 3/4" wide, 312 pages.
Leather spine, boards wrapped in marbled paper in shades of teal and burgundy, with endpapers as photographed, front and back. The binding has separated from the spine; front end paper and first few pages are detached, otherwise binding is firm.