THE OTHER HOUSE. Henry James.

THE OTHER HOUSE.

London: William Heinemann, 1897. Original aqua blue cloth blind-stamped with nine tulips.

First one-volume English edition, which consisted of 1500 copies. James began THE OTHER HOUSE as a play called "The Promise," but the theatres didn't want it -- perhaps because it deals with the murder of a child and the subsequent cover-up of that crime. James converted it into this novel, but it too was quite unsuccessful. The first edition of this title was Heinemann's two-volume 1896 edition (James's last multi-volume English book, 500 copies, quite uncommon); this was shortly followed by the American one-volume 1896 edition.

This copy is in E&L's binding "iii", indicating colonial sheets redirected into the domestic market: the front cover has nine tulips rather than four irises, the title page is printed entirely in black, and there is no half-title (as the publisher removed the colonial one). According to E&L, only 150 of the 1500 copies were put into this third binding state. This copy is in just-about-fine condition (just a hint of rubbing at the extremities). Edel & Laurence A47c; also see Blanck 10620. Provenance: the rear endpaper bears one of the all-time great bookseller labels: "Shakespeare and Company | Sylvia Beach | 12, rue de l'Odéon | Paris vi" Item #14592

Price: $325.00

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