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First American Edition of this novel concerning American travelers on the Continent -- "innocence abroad," a common theme of James. Technically, since it was printed in England for America, this is the American issue of the second (first one-volume) English edition. The 500-copy two-volume edition was printed in May and published on 5 June 1888; this is really a novella, so it had to be streeeetched to fill two volumes, for the benefit of the lending libraries. This 3,000-copy first one-volume edition was likewise printed in May, entirely for the American market; Supino speculates that this one-volume edition may have preceded the two-volume one, in order to secure American copyright. Then in August, an additional 1,000 copies of the one-volume edition were printed, for the English market (such copies have the printing history on the title verso). This copy stands 7 1/8" tall (Supino's variant A); others (B) are taller, at 7 5/8" tall (no known priority). Bright and near-fine, with a little faint speckling on the front cover. Supino 31.4.0; Edel & Laurence A31b.
"I guess my daughter's in here," the old man said leading the way into the little salon de lecture. He was not of the most advanced age, but that is the way George Flack considered him, and indeed he looked older than he was. George Flack had found him sitting in the court of the hotel - he sat a great deal in the court of the hotel - and had gone up to him with characteristic directness and asked him for Miss Francina.
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