London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt.
First American Edition -- printed in Great Britain, so this is technically the American issue of the second (first one-volume) U.K. edition. "The Aspern Papers" is one of James's most famous short stories (a novella, really): an American editor tries to obtain the letters written by a long-dead romantic poet to his former mistress (who is now quite aged herself) -- by "cultivating" the old woman's niece, an unattractive spinster. A tale we antiquarians can relate to.~The two-volume 650-copy first edition (U.K.) was issued by Macmillan earlier in 1888; this 2000-copy one-volume American issue was printed in England two months later, while the one-volume English issue of this same edition did not come out until 1890. This is an unusually bright copy, in fine condition (the slightest of rubbing at the very tips); the original black-coated endpapers remain clean and intact. Supino 32.5.0; Edel & Laurence A32b. Item #13841