1913. London: Macmillan and Co., Limted, 1913.
8vo, (iv), 436, (1, announcement), (1, blank), (2, ads), (2, blank) pp. Photogravure frontispiece. Unopened. Blue cloth, covers with horizontal blind rules, backstrip ruled and lettered in gilt. Author’s inscription on front free endpaper, gift inscription to titlepage, bookplate to front pastedown. Boards a little rubbed with some faint staining, very good.
§ First English edition, inscribed by the author "For A B Jennings, so gladly, Henry James, April 1913". The recipient was Annie Burr Jennings (1855-1939), whose father was Oliver Burr Jennings and whose uncle was William Rockefeller. A philanthropist and society figure, she was also a serious book collector: over 3000 of her books and manuscripts were donated to Yale in 1940 by her niece Annie Burr Auchincloss, the book collector and wife of the book collector Wilmarth "Lefty" Lewis. Her monogram bookplate is on the front pastedown. The second inscription on the title page "ABJ from Mrs Benedict / Summer of 1913" is more mysterious. A nice association between New York high society and Henry James, the great "interpreter of his generation on both sides of the sea" (as it says on his tombstone), who was then permanently settled in England and never to return to America; inscribed in the month of publication. BAL 10677. Item #110408