A Sketch. In Two Volumes. London: Macmillan and Co., 1878. 40 pp Vol I ads dated June 1878. Original bright blue sand-grain cloth decorated in black.
First Edition. In this novel James has reversed his common theme of Americans visiting Europe: the lighthearted artist Felix Young, and his sister Eugenia who needs a wealthy husband to replace the German nobleman to whom she is married, arrive in Boston society...~There were three printings, of 250 copies each, in September, October and November 1878. According to Blanck, the third printing is "noted only as a two-volumes-in-one production" -- yet here is a set of that third printing consisting of two separate volumes in the publisher's standard cloth binding. The text has all of the "third (?) printing" points enumerated by Blanck -- such as "peculiar influence!" at I/137/last line, and "his" at II/46/last line.~This set is in very good condition (volumes a bit aslant and spines slightly darkened as usual, minor wear at the extremities, one endpaper cracked with light damage due to bookplate removal). Supino 7.3.0 (citing only two-volumes-in-one); Edel & Laurence A7a; Blanck 10536. Item #13490