London and New York: Macmillan, 1886. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. First American (and first single-volume) Edition, First Issue (with 1886 title page), of James’s only overtly political novel. Crown 8vo (187 x 117mm): ,596pp. BAL first-state binding: blue-green S cloth, front cover and spine stamped in gilt and black, rear cover stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, with no catalog inserted. Cover edges very lightly rubbed, end-sheets toned, small stain to fore-edge (not affecting text), but an excellent example, tightly bound and virtually pristine throughout (apparently unread). Edel & Laurence A29b. BAL 10578. Sadleir 1282a. Fine-. Item #BB2802
First published serially in The Atlantic Monthly, in 1885 and 1886, then in three volumes, in 1886. This single-volume edition was printed in London, and the earliest issues were exported to America. The story of an intelligent but confused young London bookbinder, Hyacinth Robinson, who becomes involved in radical politics and a terrorist assassination plot. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).