In Three Volumes. London: Macmillan and Co., 1885. 2 pp undated Vol III ads. Original dark blue-green cloth.
First Edition, which consisted of only 500 copies. These three volumes consist of fourteen tales that James had written some years earlier -- most from the 1870s, with some from the 1860s. Eight of them had been collected in America, either in A PASSIONATE PILGRIM (1875) or in THE AUTHOR OF BELTRAFFIO (1885, three months earlier). The other six appear here in book form for the first time: "A Day of Days," "A Landscape Painter," "Rose-Agathe," "Poor Richard," "Master Eustace" and "A Most Extraordinary Case." As James points out in his Vol I "Notice," "... these earlier stories have been in every case minutely revised and corrected -- many passages being wholly rewritten."
This set is in E&L's binding variant "a" (no priority) -- with the "V" no larger than the "OL" on the spines, and with dark brown coated endpapers. Condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: there is minor wear in a few places along the volumes' joints (as usual -- the spines are wider on the shelf than the text blocks); a couple of the volumes have very slight bubbling of the cloth; and if one looks really closely one can see very faint evidence that lending library labels once adorned the front covers (true of most copies). It is an attractive set, with wear that is truly minor, and with the original endpapers in clean, un-cracked condition.
Supino 27.1.0; Edel & Laurence A27a; Blanck 10573; Sadleir 1290. Item #13947