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JAMES, Henry.

A Passionate Pilgrim, and Other Tales.

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1875 Stock Code: 132096
£6,000.00
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His first book, presentation to Helen Perkins, chatelaine of "the other house"

First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank, "To Cousin Helen - From her affectionate, Henry James, Jr." and with the pencilled inscription of her father, James's uncle, James Walsh Jr. The recipient was Helen Rodgers Wyckoff Perkins (1807-1887), an elder relative known to the James family as Cousin Helen (she was first cousin of Mary Walsh James). Cousin Helen lived with her husband, Leonard Perkins, a block away from the Jameses on Sixth Avenue, a residence known to the Jameses as "the other house".

A Passionate Pilgrim was James's first published book. The binding is the first state, with the J. R. Osgood & Co imprint at the foot of the spine. There were also first state copies issued in terracotta and purple cloth, without priority. The entire edition was 1,500 copies. There was no separate London edition; some copies were imported and hand-stamped with the Trübner London imprint.

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Description

Duodecimo. Original green sand-grain cloth over bevelled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, sides with single-rule frame within a wider single-rule border blocked in blind, brown coated paper endpapers, top edge brown. Housed in a brown watered silk slipcase.

Condition

Spine-ends and tips worn, rubbed, rear inner hinge restored, a few minor marks internally, very good.

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