THE GOLDEN BOWL. Henry James.

THE GOLDEN BOWL.

[In Two Volumes.] New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. Original light brown-rose cloth.

First Edition, published on 12 November 1904, three months earlier than the one-volume 1905 London edition by Methuen. When penniless Charlotte Stant's former lover, Prince Amerigo, marries her wealthy friend Maggie Verver, Charlotte considers as a gift for him a certain gilded crystal bowl. She then proceeds to marry Maggie's father, but engages in a liaison with the Prince, now her stepson-in-law. The crystal bowl is perfect except for an invisible flaw -- the symbol of many of the characters and relationships in this novel.

This edition consisted of only 2,000 copies; the novel was a much bigger hit in Britain, where "it was exceeded only by HAWTHORNE as the largest seller of any of James's English editions" [E&L]. This is a near-fine set of this rather uncommon title, with scarcely any wear, and with little of the usual soil on this pale-colored cloth. The front endpaper of each volume bears the same December 1904 signature. Supino 60.1.0; Edel & Laurence A60a. Item #14374

Price: $395.00

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