New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893. 4 pp undated ads. Original blue-grey cloth decorated in silver and gilt.
First American Edition, primary binding state (with the elaborate silver grillework on front cover and spine, and with the leaves' top edge stained ochre). This primary binding also appears, less commonly, in olive cloth; there are also a total of seven secondary, less ornate, bindings. THE WHEEL OF TIME... was soon issued as the companion volume to this one, containing the other three stories that had appeared in the six-story English edition of THE PRIVATE LIFE.~This is a remarkably fine, bright copy (easily-erasable penciled signature on the title page); though this is not a scarce book, we do not frequently see the primary binding in any better condition. Supino 39.2.0; Edel & Laurence A39b. Item #12880