1889 Paris letter UK diplomat Austin Lee, bookbinding for Ambassador

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Letter in French from the diplomat Austin Lee of the British Embassy in Paris, asking Mr. Dodé to drop by and pick up books the Ambassador, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton. would like rebound.

British Embassy Paris’ logo at top

 Le 18 octobre
Monsieur Dodé
Je vous prie de vouloir bien passer l’Ambassade pour prendre mes ordres pour la reliure de quelques livres que Son Excellence désire êtres faits un peu de luxe//  luxe.
Mes salutations H Austin Lee


Please stop by the Embassy to take my orders for the binding of some books that His Excellency wishes to be made a little luxury

Light toning on edges.

17.5 x 11 cm.


Sir Henry Austin Lee, KCMG, CB (1847 − 1918) was a British diplomat, governor and landowner. He was counselor of embassy, commercial attache for France, Belgium, and Switzerland.

In December 1887 he was appointed Second Secretary to the Paris Embassy and acted as Private Secretary to the Ambassador, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton. In 1891 he was selected to represent the British Government on the Council of the Suez Canal Company. In February 1892 he was appointed First Secretary in the Diplomatic Service and on the appointment of the Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marquis of Dufferin and Ava as Ambassador in Paris, Lee became his Private Secretary, and continued in that capacity until the Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood's retirement in October 1896, when he was appointed Commercial Attache to Embassy in the place of Sir Joseph Archer Crowe.