THE EUROPEANS. A Sketch. Henry Jr James.


Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1879. Original terra-cotta cloth, on beveled boards.

First American Edition, first impression, which consisted of only about 1500 copies. This was actually published in October 1878, less than a month after the two-volume London edition (which is now decidedly rare). One of James's earliest novels (published just three years after his first), in THE EUROPEANS James reversed his usual theme of Americans in Europe -- as it centers about the entrance into Boston society of a European brother and his sister -- who is in need of a wealthy husband to replace her current (German nobleman) one.

According to Supino and Blanck, there were three printings that all bear the date 1879 on the title page: the first was printed on Oct 7, 1878, and was bound up later that month; the second was printed on Dec 24 1878, but was not bound up until Jan 2 - March 19, 1879; the third was printed on April 21, 1879, and was bound up during the period April 30 - Dec 1, 1879. The three impressions differ only in collation, with the unfortunate result that today many second and third impression copies are being sold as first impressions; this copy, however, is indeed from the first impression, as the initial gathering consists of only two leaves (blank plus title leaf). One of the flyleaves bears an ownership inscription dated January 1879.

This copy is in terra-cotta cloth (three colors were used, with no priority). The volume is in close-to-fine condition, with very minor rubbing at the extremities. Supino 7.6.0; Edel & Laurence A7b; Blanck 10537. Item #14721

Price: $675.00

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