THE OUTCRY. Henry James.


["Presentation Copy"] London: Methuen & Co., (1911). 32 pp ads dated August 1911. Original green cloth with gilt-decorated spine.

First Edition (English), issued simultaneously with the American. According to James himself,

"The Outcry" deals with a question sharply brought home of late to the conscience of English Society -- that of the degree in which the fortunate owners of precious and hitherto transmitted works of art hold them in trust, as it were, for the nation, and may themselves, as lax guardians, be held to account by public opinion.

James originally wrote this as a play for the Duke of York's Repertory; however, upon the death of Edward VII in 1910 this was cancelled, so James converted it into this novel.

This is a publisher's presentation copy (with ink-stamp on the title page), and has the ads dated August 1911 (some copies have ads dated September). Condition is very good-plus (spine slightly dull, with a trace of wear at its ends); atypically, there is no foxing on the thick wove paper. Supino 70.2.0; Edel & Laurence A70a. Provenance: the front paste-down bears the bookplate of a woman who in August 1948 bought this book at Wm. Dawson & Sons (London -- so dated by her), and had it mailed to the S.S. Britannic in Liverpool for her voyage home in September; this copy is only now leaving that woman's family. Item #14377

Price: $275.00

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