Essays in London and Elsewhere [In the Rare Dust Jacket -- the second earliest known Henry James dust jacket]

Essays in London and Elsewhere [In the Rare Dust Jacket -- the second earliest known Henry James dust jacket]

James, Henry

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Price: $7,750.00

Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Date Published: 1893
Edition: First edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Book Id: 5853


A Fine, Superior, copy of the first American edition, first printing, in a Good + or better example of the EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET, BEING THE SECOND EARLIEST HENRY JAMES DUST JACKET KNOWN TO EXIST. In addition to being a prominent novelist, and writer of short stories and novellas thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature (1911, 1912, and 1916), Henry James is particularly noted for his Literary Criticism. Time Magazine described James as "... a great American novelist who wrote more superb criticism than any compatriot, before or since." Of James, the New York Times stated: "James possessed a point of view tailor-made for the vocation of literary criticism. He once memorably described the critic's life as 'heroic', for it is immensely vicarious. He has to understand for others." "Essays in London and Elsewhere" collects a number of Essays earlier written by James, which Essays cover a wide range of writers including James Russell Lowell, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Loti, Henrik Ibsen, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. The volume also presents an Essay on the role of the critic in literature, as well as a work of travel writing about London, and a eulogy of actress Frances Anne Kemble. James also comments on "A Journal of the Brothers De Goncourt" [a literary journal written by French naturalism writers Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt providing a view of the literary and social life of their time], and presents an imaginative work, "Browning in Westminster Abbey", an Essay which later appeared in "English Hours" (1905), wherein James notes Robert Browning's interment in Westminster Abbey's Poets Corner, using the occasion to comment on Browning as a Poet -- as well as on Browning's poetic method -- and imagining the comments that would be given by the great English figures already buried there. The collection fittingly concludes with a fictional dialogue titled "An Animated Conversation" wherein the characters wittily discuss the literary relationship between Britain and America. The book is in Fine, Superior, condition with a touch of pushing to the spine ends and a touch of rubbing to the spine ends and board corners. The silver decoration to the front board and spine, as well as the spine's gilt lettering, remain quite lovely and bright. The pastedowns and adjacent endpapers show some offsetting from the dust jacket, and a number of pages are uncut at the leading edge, showing this copy to be unread. The exceedingly rare dust jacket is in Good + or better condition showing some chipping to the spine panel head -- not affecting the lettering, as well as some chipping to the spine's left edge. A small portion of the lower spine is detached but present, as is the front flap. That the dust jacket is present is itself quite remarkable. Dust jackets for books of this era often were provided, if at all, for protection of the book until it reached the buyer's shelves, at which time dust jackets were routinely discarded. Notably, this dust jacket's spine is printed with the book's title, but the author and publisher are not identified, tending to show that the publisher did not expect the book's buyer to retain the dust jacket. A six-page catalogue is found at the rear. As noted above, the dust jacket is indeed RARE. The earliest known example of a Henry James jacket is found another Henry James work of literary criticism, "French Poets and Novelists" (Macmillan, 1878), such copy earlier having been on the market priced at $15,000. That copy is now at Yale University. This copy of "Essays in London and Elsewhere" wears the second earliest known Henry James jacket. Copies of the book in a condition as nice as is this copy are, in our experience, exceedingly difficult to find on the market. Copies of the book in the original dust jacket, THE SECOND EARLIEST HENRY JAMES DUST JACKET KNOWN TO EXIST, ARE RARE INDEED. A COLLECTION-DISTINGUISHING COPY. RARE.

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