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Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith; London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1886. First edition (NCBEL v.3, 1441), number three (of 150) numbered large paper copies on hand made paper, originally issued in "limp parchment" (from a prospectus in the Harvard copy). Rebound (by Worsfold) in nineteenth century green half calf, gilt, and marbled paper boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, 196 pp. Henry James' copy (as in Tintner and Edel, 1987, p.44), his signature on the limitation page. Lang's first novel. James and Lang first met at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, "(he) writes in the Academy, and....though a Scotsman, seemed a quite delightful fellow (Edel, Henry James Letters, Dec 24, 1876). The two men enjoyed being together, but he sometimes lumps Lang in with his impressions of Englishmen in general. In a letter of March 4, 1879, to his brother William he describes dining "with four or five ci-devant Oxford men (including Lang)" which reminded him of his associations with Oxford, of "dreary, ill-favored men, with local conversations and dirty hands". "(Lang) is a very excellent, amiable fellow, of an infantine simplicity, like eight Britons out of ten, even the distinguished ones (Feb. 22, 1880). But James was unimpressed with Lang's journalism, which seemed to appear everywhere: "(Lang) uses his beautiful thin facility to write everything down to the lowest level of Philistine twaddle..." (Lubbock, Letters of Henry James, July 31, 1888, to R.L. Stevenson). Spine and some edges sunned to a mellow brown. Top of the joints and the tips expertly touched-up, else a Fine copy, very pretty.
Title: The Mark of Cain.
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