11 October 2002
JAMES, Henry. The American Scene. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1907.
8o. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, top edge gilt (lightly rubbed, spine a bit faded). Provenance: Lucy Clifford (presentation inscription).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY JAMES TO HIS INTIMATE FRIEND LUCY CLIFFORD on the front free endpaper: "To Lucy Clifford her affectionate old friend Henry James February 25th 1907." The book was published on 7 February. The American edition followed the U.K. edition by 8 days.
Clifford was one of James's closest friends. He first met her in the 1880, shortly after her husband, the great mathematician W.K. Clifford, had died. "She was still wearing mourning when James met her in 1880... He was nearly the same age as her husband would have been, but she had treated him then as one of her young literary protégés who came regularly to her Sunday salon... James was an habitué of her house and liked nothing better than to sip a liquer by her fireside after an evening at the theatre; or to take tea with her and listen to London literary gossip... Later in life James would speak of 'that admirable Lucy Clifford--as a character, a nature, a soul of generosity and devotion.' She was... he said, 'one of the finest bravest creatures possible'" (Leon Edel, Henry James: The Master, NY, 1972, pp.105-106). BAL 10663; Edel & Laurence A63b.
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