By Henry James, Jr. In three volumes. Revised edition.London: Macmillan and Co. 1879 Stock Code: 72312
First English edition of James's début novel, published 11 June 1879, in an edition of 500 copies. James began the first novel he would acknowledge in Florence in spring 1874. It was serialized in Howells's Atlantic, then published in book form at Boston, November 1875, in an edition of 1,500 copies. It was thoroughly revised by James (removing, among other things, the chapter-titles, an experiment not to be repeated by him) after his move to London. The three volume London edition is rare.
3 volumes, octavo. Original dark blue-green fine-bead-grain cloth, double-rule border and curved-edge panel in black on front cover and in blind on rear cover, lettering and publisher's device in gilt and decorative rules at top and bottom in black on spines, brown-coated endpapers, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a dark blue cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Parry's Public Library, Liverpool, labels to front pastedowns. Publisher's adverts dated May 1879 at end of vol. I.
Spines slightly rolled, some skilful repair to inner hinges, a very good copy.
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