Small 8vo. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1881. Small 8vo., -266, [6, ads] pp., six plates including frontis. Original green cloth, upper cover pictorially stamped in gilt and russet, backstrip lettered in gilt. Spine slightly askew, frayed at head and tail of backstrip, some minor foxing to outer margins, otherwise a good copy. First American edition, illustrated by George Du Maurier. Henry James (1843–1916) most famous novel, Washington Square, is an American variation on Balzac’s Eugénie Grandet, a tragedy that takes place in the time and neighborhood of the author’s birth, a thoroughly American story, purposely written from a distance. BAL 10551. (Inventory #: 108643)
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