Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, ca. 1953. Hardcover. In scarce publisher's slipcase, five volumes (complete), octavo size, 2201 total pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #19030202
This five-set biography by Leon Edel (1907-1997) is a thorough look at one of the most prominent literary figures of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, Henry James (1843-1916). James was a prolific writer said to have bridged the movements of literary realism and literary modernism; considered Edel's greatest work, the biography spans James' entire life and examines events in his life and the development and changes of his writing style.
All volumes are the second through fifth printings, in the scarce publisher's slipcase; the second and third volume were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1963, as well as the National Book Award for Nonfiction.
___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth with silver lettering and publisher's device blind-embossed on the front board, black cloth spine label with gold and silver lettering, beige endpapers, frontispiece in each volume a different black-and-white photograph of Henry James at various points in his life, some volumes with black-and-white photographs throughout; octavo size (8.5" by 5.75"), pagination: The Untried Years: [1-9] 10-350; The Conquest of London: [1-9] 10-465; The Middle Years: [1-9] 10-408; The Treacherous Years: [1-9] 10-387; The Master: [1-9] 10-591. Each volume in a paper dust jacket, with green, red, and white lettering on the front panel, three bands of colour wrapping around to the spine, reviews of the books on the rear panel, and a description of the book on the front and rear flaps; all dust jackets are price-clipped. Housed in a slipcase covered in red paper, with black-and-white photographs of Henry James and information about the set inside yellow rectangles on three sides of the slipcase.
___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, and the interiors are clean and bright; all volumes with extremely light wear to the heads and tails of the spines and to the corners, "The Untried Years" with a small (one-inch) closed tear to the right margin of page 81, and there is a prior owner name written in all five volumes on the front free endpapers, dated "8 May 1976". The dust jackets are very good plus, price-clipped, clean overall with light soiling in a few places, light edge wear, the interiors are lightly soiled, and the spines are sunned. The slipcase is very good, strong and sturdy, with overall soiling, and light overall edge wear.
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