A BUNDLE OF LETTERS. Henry Jr James.
A BUNDLE OF LETTERS.
A BUNDLE OF LETTERS.

A BUNDLE OF LETTERS.

Boston: Loring, Publisher, n.d.[1880]. Original cream printed wrappers.

First Edition. Loring gleaned these pieces from an English-language weekly in Paris and, since James had not copyrighted them, published them without authorization. James wrote to his father, "[Loring] has no moral right, & his doing so without asking my assent or offering me any profit remains a scandalous & impudent proceeding... Will you kindly send me 2 or 3 more of his pamphlets? Since he has issued the thing, I may as well have 'em to give away...".

After this appeared in The Parisian in December 1879, Loring published this booklet in late January 1880; in early April, Harper followed suit, combining it (likewise in wrappers) with "Diary of a Man of Fifty." "A Bundle of Letters" did not appear in the UK until January 1881, when it and another story were added to WASHINGTON SQUARE to fill out two volumes.

This copy is stapled, not sewn, and has the wrapper in E&L's state "c," with no comma after "Jr." and with the author's name printed in widely-spaced small-serif letters. Also, on this copy's wrapper, the blue lines are horizontal and the red lines vertical, and they are not present on the inside covers -- variants mentioned by Supino and E&L. This is a very good-plus copy, perhaps near-fine, with minor wear toward the spine ends and moderate wrapper soil; at the top of the title page is the early ownership inscription of a female student at Bradford Academy (of Haverhill MA). This is quite collectible condition for such a fragile early James piece. Supino 13.6.0; Edel & Laurence A13a; Blanck 10548. Item #14333

Price: $750.00

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