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THE EUROPEANS
1879. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1879. Original terra cotta cloth, beveled. First American Edition, first impression, which consisted of only about 1500 copies. This was actually published in October 1878, less than a month after the two-volume London edition (which is now decidedly rare). One of James's earliest novels (published just three years after his first), THE EUROPE­ANS centers about the entrance of a European brother and sister into Bostonian society.~According to Blanck there were three printings that all bear the date 1879 on the title page: the first was printed on Oct 7, 1878, and was bound up later that month; the second was printed on Dec 24 1878, but was not bound up until Jan 2 - March 19, 1879; the third was printed on April 21, 1879, and was bound up during the period April 30 - Dec 1, 1879. The three impressions differ only in collation, with the unfortunate result that today many second and third impression copies are being sold as first impressions; this copy, however, is indeed from the first impression, as the initial gathering consists of only two leaves (blank plus title leaf). ~This copy is in terra cotta cloth (three colors were used, with no priority). The volume is in near-fine condition (spine very slightly darkened, just a touch of rubbing at the extremities). Supino 7.6.0; Edel & Laurence A7b; Blanck 10537.
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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