JAMES, Henry. The American. London: Macmillan, 1908.
8o. Original cloth, t.e.g., others uncut (a bit worn, hinges cracking).
Volume II of the "New York Edition" of James's works. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY JAMES on the front free endpaper: "To Clare Consuelo Frewen with every good wish of her constant old friend Henry James. Jan: 1st 1909."
WITH AN ALS BY JAMES LAID IN, Lamb House, Rye, New Year's Eve, 1908: "I want so much to send you something this blessed New Year's Eve--propitious to thoughts of cherished friends--that I am risking even the despatch of a dull old book of my own--stale & ancient & which you may have read or have tried to read one day & found impossible. However it has this time, the poor old 'American,' a better & braver form than ever before, & has been closely [?raised] & titivated & prefaced & has a charrming sea green cover and a gorgeous gilded back..." Clare Frewen was the daughter of Moreton Frewen, James's neighbor at Brede (who had let that house to the Stephen Cranes) and a cousin of Winston Churchill. A sculptress, she later married Wilfred Sheridan, killed in the war in 1915 (see James's condolence letter to her in Letters, ed. Edel, IV, pp. 779-780).