London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt.

First American Edition of this novel concerning American travelers on the Continent -- "innocence abroad," a common theme of James. Technically, since it was printed in England for America, this is the American issue of the second (first one-volume) English edition. The 500-copy two-volume edition was printed in May and published on 5 June 1888; this is really a novella, so it had to be streeeetched to fill two volumes, for the benefit of the lending libraries. This 3,000-copy first one-volume edition was likewise printed in May, entirely for the American market; Supino speculates that this one-volume edition may have preceded the two-volume one, in order to secure American copyright. Then in August, an additional 1,000 copies of the one-volume edition were printed, for the English market (such copies have the printing history on the title verso).

This copy stands 7 1/8" tall (Supino's variant A); others (B) are taller, at 7 5/8" tall (no known priority). Bright and near-fine, with a little faint speckling on the front cover. Supino 31.4.0; Edel & Laurence A31b. Item #14723

Price: $250.00

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