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JAMES, Henry.

Daisy Miller: A Study.

An International Episode. Four Meetings.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1879 Stock Code: 125130
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In original cloth, one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles

First UK edition of one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles, one of 500 copies. The first two impressions are indistinguishable: it was first published on 15 February 1879 in a print run of 250 copies, with a second impression of 250 copies following in March, lacking any imprint to distinguish it from the first issue. Rare, with just two copies traced at auction since 1975, of which one was in cloth. The novella, previously serialised in the Cornhill Magazine between June and July 1878 (with two unauthorised periodical appearances before this), was an immediate success. It was published in book form in the US in November 1878, and sold 20,000 copies in just a few weeks. "At the time of its publication and for several decades afterward, Daisy Miller remained both more popular and more controversial than any other of James's novels and stories" (Kafalenos, p. 87).

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2 vols, octavo. Original blue sand-grain cloth, titles to spines in gilt, rules to front covers in black, rear covers blindstamped, brown coated endpapers, top and fore edges untrimmed. Housed in a blue cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


With 40 pp. publisher's catalogue dated November 1878 at the end of volume II. Spines rolled and faded, covers still bright, a little wear to spine ends and tips, tiny split to cloth on front joint, front hinge of vol. I starting but quite sound, internally clean. A very good copy in original cloth.


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