JAMES, Henry The Portrait of a Lady. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 1882.
8vo. Original brown cloth with gilt decoration to front and spine; pp. 520; previous owner's signature to fly leaf and top of page 1, very good.
First US edition. Although the title page states 1882 as the publication date, this edition - the first in one volume - was available from November 1881, at around the time the first UK edition published in three volumes by Macmillan. One of James's most popular novels and widely considered to be the masterpiece of his early period, this work characteristically examines the subtle power dynamics between men and women and the culture clash between America and Europe. In Isabel Archer, James introduces one of the most fully rounded female characters in nineteenth century literature.