Henry James (1905) English Hours – 1st US edition – Travel Memoirs


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James, Henry. English Hours. (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1905) First US trade edition.

Duodecimo (12mo). 336 pages, illustrated by Joseph Pennell. Hardcover. Bound in green cloth-covered boards stamped in gilt on front and spine. Front board shows a sailboat on the Thames in London in gilt.  Top edge gilt.

Condition: Near fine, gilt is crisp and bright. Top and bottom of spine slightly bumped. Previous owner’s name and label on FFE. Tight with a barely noticeable cock to it. A slight, not unpleasant, odor wafts from its innards.  Light wear to bottom corners. Book lays flat at page 152. A very attractive copy of the works of a favorite author.

English Hours is a book of travel writing by Henry James published in 1905. The book collected various essays James had written on England over a period of more than thirty years, beginning in the 1870s. The essays had originally appeared in such periodicals as The Nation, The Century Magazine, Scribner’s Magazine, The Galaxy and Lippincott’s Magazine. James wrote a new introduction for the book and extensively revised many of the essays to create a more coherent whole. – Wikipedia