New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880. 4 pp preliminary ads plus 8 pp ads, all undated. Original pale buff wrappers decorated in black and red.
First American Edition of the first title, and First Authorized Edition of the latter one. "The Diary of a Man of Fifty," after first appearing serially on both sides of the Atlantic in July 1879, was included in the two-volume THE MADONNA OF THE FUTURE (London 1879, two volumes); "A Bundle of Letters" appeared serially only in Paris (in December 1879), from which in early 1880 it was pirated by Loring of Boston -- which then in turn was pirated by Munro of New York before Harper came out with this authorized edition in April.
This title was issued as No. 135 in Harper's "Half Hour Series," issued both in buff wrappers (as here) at 25 cents, and in green cloth at 40 cents. Although clothbound copies appear in three states, wrappered ones appear in only one, with (appropriately) only 132 titles listed in the preliminary "Half Hour" ads.
This is a near-fine copy, remarkably clean, with only the slightest of wear at some corners. In our experience this title is uncommon in any state (in fact this is only the third time we have offered it), but the fragile wrappered copies seem to be even scarcer than the cloth ones. Supino 14.2.0; Edel & Laurence A14. Housed in a custom clamshell case. Item #14350