London, 1879. First Edition. An important and early James title, very scarce. 8vo. Original cream coloured linen, paper label to spine. Some foxing to end-papers, cloth rubbed and soiled; title label worn; head and foot of spine frayed. Very good. Part of the English Men of Letters, this is actually the first serious, in depth study and critique of an American author. Though many American authors such as Melville, Irving and Holmes enjoyed the respect of the English literati, little had been written of them with the exception of articles in the press. Item #36794
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