THE TWO MAGICS. The Turn of the Screw | Covering End.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898. 3 pp undated ads. Original dark red cloth.

First American Edition, which consisted of 2250 copies (and which may have preceded, or at least been published simultaneously with, the English edition). The first of the two "magics" is one of James's best-known tales -- "The Turn of the Screw"; since it involves a governess who sees prior (dead) residents of the estate, the tale is often labeled as James's only ghost story -- though it goes considerably beyond such a label.

This copy has three pages of ads (others have two or six pages), and the publisher's spine imprint is in uniform small capitals -- in each case, there is no known priority. Condition is very good -- spine cloth and lettering dulled (as is often the case), a touch of wear at some corners. This is one of James's most sought-after titles, and both the British and the American editions have become difficult to find in collectible condition. Supino 52.6.0; Edel & Laurence A52b. Item #14696

Price: $475.00

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