1885. [the FINE Michael Sadleir set] In Three Volumes. London: Macmillan and Co., 1885. 2 pp undated Vol III ads. Original dark blue-green cloth. First Edition, which consisted of only 500 copies. These three volumes consist of fourteen tales that James had written some years earlier -- most from the 1870s, with some from the 1860s. Eight of them had been collected in America, either in A PASSIONATE PILGRIM (1875) or in THE AUTHOR OF BELTRAFFIO (1885, three months earlier). The other six appear here in book form for the first time: "A Day of Days," "A Landscape Painter," "Rose-Agathe," "Poor Richard," "Master Eustace" and "A Most Extraordinary Case." As James points out in his Vol I "Notice," "... these earlier stories have been in every case minutely revised and corrected -- many passages being wholly rewritten."~This set is in E&L's binding variant "a" (no priority) -- with the "V" no larger than the "OL" on the spines, and with dark brown coated endpapers. Condition is FINE -- virtually as new, with the exception of one tiny hint of wear on the edge of one spine. Each volume bears the small oval bookplate of bibliophile and bibliographer Michael Sadleir, plus another of "L M VdeW".~Of the fifteen or so James titles that were issued in multiple volumes in England, about half (like this one) consisted of only 500 copies, while the others consisted of slightly more (600 to 750). As any veteran James collector knows, all of these multi-volume works are now exceedingly scarce in collectible condition; one could not hope to find this title in any better condition. Supino 27.1.0; Edel & Laurence A27a; Blanck 10573; Sadleir 1290. Housed in a morocco-backed clamshell case.
(Inventory #: 13472)
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