Item #15124 THE OTHER HOUSE. In Two Volumes. Henry James.
THE OTHER HOUSE. In Two Volumes.
THE OTHER HOUSE. In Two Volumes.

THE OTHER HOUSE. In Two Volumes.

London: William Heinemann, 1896. 32 pp ads in each volume (Vol I undated, Vol II dated August 1896). Original aqua-blue cloth.

First Edition, which consisted of only 600 copies -- a title curiously published in two volumes, just two years after the demise of the UK's multi-volume format for novels. There was also a 400-copy "Second Edition" (impression), ordered at the same time as the first, followed by a 1500-copy one-volume edition in mid-1897.

James originally (1893) conceived of this as a play, but, after failing to interest stage managers in it, he converted it to this novel; in 1909 he converted it back into a play, but still could not get it produced. THE OTHER HOUSE is one of James's most unusual tales -- involving a murder and its successful-cover-up. Julie dies soon after childbirth, after getting her husband Tony to promise not to re-marry, for the sake of their daughter. Enter Rose, who wants to marry Tony, but of course he can't -- so Rose drowns the little girl to enable their marriage... The book was not a success, perhaps because Rose isn't convincingly presented as the sort of person who would do such a thing.

In this set, Vol I has "PRESENTATION COPY" blind-stamped onto its title leaf. As for ads, Vol I has 32 pages of undated and unpaginated ads (leading off with THE MANXMAN), while Vol II has 32 pages of paginated ads dated August 1896: both of these variants are cited by Supino and by E&L, without precedence. The volumes are in very good-plus to near-fine condition (spines slightly darkened as usual, minor rubbing at the extremities). All of James's multi-volume English editions are now quite uncommon. Supino 47.1.0; Edel & Laurence A47a. Item #15124

Price: $1,950.00

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