Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by George Du Maurier with six illustrated engravings. First edition. Original publisher's green cloth, illustrated and decorated in blind, lettered in blind and gilt. A good copy with wear to the extremities, upper spine frayed and a bit torn, corners heavily worn, former owner's bookplate to front pastedown and a former owner's signature dated "Oct 1, 1941" to front endpaper. Henry James’ 1880 tragic comedy Washington Square follows the struggles of the Sloper family. The story follows Catherine as she develops autonomy and gains independence from the influence of her overly romantic aunt and condescending father. Though Catherine is not particularly intelligent or beautiful, she learns to keep her own counsel and stand up for herself over the course of the book. More straightforward than his other work, the book was well-received, even by critics who otherwise disliked Henry James’ writing.