"Only a short time ago it might have been supposed that the English novel was not what the french call discutable": First Edition of Henry James' Partial Portraits
Item Number: 81157
London and New York: Macmillan and Co, 1888.
First edition of James’ book of collected essays of literary criticism. Octavo, original cloth, gilt title to the spine. In good condition.
Partial portraits includes James' essays on the life and writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ivan Turgénieff, and George du Maurier. Perhaps the most important essay in the collection, The Art of Fiction, was remarkable as it helped make narrative fiction recognized as one of the fine arts.