New York: Harper and Brothers, 1881 . Du Maurier, George. Small octavo, original pictorial olive cloth gilt, rebacked with the original spine laid down, polished drab endpapers. Illustrated by George Du Maurier. BAL 10551, Edel & Laurence A15a. Item #10009
First edition of Henry James's moving tale of a downcast heiress and an upstart suitor: "Love demands certain things as a right; but Catherine had no sense of her rights; she had only a consciousness of immense and unexpected favors." Ownership signature of J.H. Russell, partly obscured by bookplate of Marie Russell. From the library of novelist Louis Auchincloss, with his morocco-gilt bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. A handsome first edition of an American classic, from one New York social diarist to another.