In Two Volumes. London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. 2 pp undated Vol I ads. Original dark blue-green cloth with gilt lines.
First Edition, which consisted of only 500 copies.
THE REVERBERATOR illustrates the contrast between democracy and autocracy, between provincial and urban spirit... Like Newman [of THE AMERICAN], the Dossons are true provincials. They are uprooted and live in impersonal hotel rooms in which their tall trunks are the main ornament. They feel at home everywhere because they have no sense of differences, no sense of contrast, no sense of place, no sense of "form." Hierarchy and authority are completely unknown to them. They obey no other authority than their own personal intuition and conscience. [Delbaere-Garant]
E&L describes two different colors of cloth in which this edition was bound -- "steel blue" and "dark green"; Blanck describes the two colors as "blue" and "greenish-blue." The color of this copy is a dark greenish-blue.
This is a good-plus copy. Like the two only other copies we have ever had, it was once in a circulating library (as evidenced by the faint rectangle on each front cover); it is quite likely that the vast majority of the 500 copies went directly to such libraries. One volume has wear at the head of the spine and along the rear joint, and both volumes' front endpapers are cracked. Still, the set is original, without rebacking or recasing or later endpapers, and as such is quite uncommon. Supino 31.1.0; Edel & Laurence A31a; Blanck 10582. Provenance: bookplates of the San Diego artist Alice Klauber (1871-1951). Item #14271