A Sketch.Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1879 Stock Code: 132090
Presentation to Carrie JamesFirst American edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister-in-law on the first blank, "Caroline C. James, from Henry James Jr." Caroline "Carrie" James (1851-1931) was the daughter of the prominent Milwaukee businessman Joseph Cary; she married Henry James's younger brother, Wilky, in 1873. The American edition was issued in several different cloth colours, in an edition of 1,500 copies on 12 October 1878 (though post-dated on the title page), shortly after the London edition.
Octavo. Original light (Kelly) green dotted-line-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt, sides with single-rule frame in blind, dark reddish brown endpapers, top edge ochre. Housed in a green morocco-backed folding case.
Milwaukee bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper. Spine a little faded, spine-ends and rear joint worn, a few leaves partly sprung (pp. 171-184), a perhaps related small waterstain to fore edge of 4 leaves (pp. 177-184), rear inner hinge cracked, still a good copy.
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