Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co., 1888. First Edition. Very Good.
Two volumes. First edition, one of 650 copies printed in the first and only print run. Publisher's smooth steel blue cloth ruled and lettered in gilt, publisher's device centrally stamped to rear boards in blind, black endpapers, publisher's ads following text of Vol. II. A very good set, recased with original boards and backstrips preserved, boards variously worn with a few light scratches and spots of sunning, corners bumped, spines slightly cocked, interiors very clean with just a touch of toning to page edges. Overall, a sturdy and presentable copy of the scarce first printing. Edel & Laurence A32a. The Aspern Papers, a novella first published in the Atlantic Monthly in the same year it was published in book form, tells the suspenseful story of an unnamed biographer as he sets out to discover as much as he can about the life of recently deceased American poet Jeffrey Aspern. Inspired by the letters sent from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Claire Clamont, his wife's stepsister and his mistress, the novella is regarded as one of James's finest works. The second volume of the set contains two short stories, "Louise Pallant" and "The Modern Warning", both published previously in Harper's Monthly Magazine, printed for the first time in book form with The Aspern Papers.