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JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 :  THE AWKWARD AGE.

JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 : THE AWKWARD AGE.

London : William Heinemann, 1899. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. Eighteen-year-old Nanda enters the decadent fin-de-siècle marriage market – “We begin by being afraid that we shall not understand enough, we end by fearing that we may understand too much ... It is a strong book, but there is one thing greater than its strength, and that is its audacity” (Morning Post, 29th June 1899). A copy from the library of Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995). Spender’s “The Destructive Element” (1935) remains one of the most interesting and influential studies of James and his contemporaries.
Crown 8vo (20cm). vi,414,[ii] + [32]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind with an art-nouveau iris design; some very mild rubbing; a few internal marks and spots; a handful of leaves roughly opened, but otherwise a very good copy with an interesting provenance. With the earlier ownership inscription of Mary Lillias Johnston, the small bookseller’s label of R. J. Porteus & Co. of Newcastle, and a facsimile of the Stephen & Natasha Spender bookplate designed by John Craxton neatly inserted.

£125

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 JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 :  THE BETTER SORT.

JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 : THE BETTER SORT.

London : Methuen & Co., 1903. First edition : in the variant and possibly secondary blue binding. Eleven short stories – “Mr. James’s best sort ... nearly every story contains an idea of real power and interest” (Westminster Gazette, 21st March 1903). A copy from the library of Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995), with his occasional pencil markings. Spender’s “The Destructive Element” (1935) remains one of the most interesting and influential studies of James and his contemporaries.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],312pp. Original blue cloth, ruled in gilt and blind, and lettered in gilt; a little rubbed and slightly marked, but a good copy with an interesting provenance. With the earlier ownership inscription of G. Hastings, and with a facsimile of the Stephen & Natasha Spender bookplate designed by John Craxton neatly inserted.

£100

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JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 :  THE IVORY TOWER.

JAMES, Henry, 1843-1916 : THE IVORY TOWER.

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1917). First edition : one of just 2,000 copies. James mauling the plutocrats and laissez-faire capitalism – a novel unfinished at the time of his death, but here concluded with his extensive working notes, as well a perceptive preface by Percy Lubbock. “Nearer than anything else we possess to a living image of the creative process itself” (Manchester Guardian).
Post 8vo (21cm). (viii),(348)pp. Photogravure portrait frontispiece by Emil Otto Hoppé (1878-1972). Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; spine a touch darkened; minor wear at tips; a few slight marks; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting, mainly of edges, but still a good copy.

£100

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