London: Chatto and Windus, 1880 . FIRST UK EDITION, preceding the first US edition. In two volumes. Octavo, pp. 309 ; pp. 253 . Missing half-titles and publisher's catalogue. In recent tan half calf with raised bands, gilt titles to contrasting red and green labels to spines, and marbled boards. Edges untrimmed. Very light spotting to title pages; very good overall. First appearing in serial form in 'Scribner's Monthly' between August 1879 and January 1880, James published a small run of 500 copies in London in December 1879 in order to secure the UK copyright. This makes the UK edition both extremely rare, and the true first edition in book form. Item #49149
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