James, Henry. Partial Portraits. London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. First Edition. Green cloth, spine title gilt. x, 408 pp. + 4 pp. publisher's ads.
Collection of literary essays by Henry James on his peers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson as well as his famous essay titled The Art of Fiction.
From the library of Beatrix Farrand, one of America's greatest landscape architects. Her mother, Mary Cadwalader Jones, was the sister-in-law, and literary agent of Edith Wharton. Jones was a close friend of Henry James, who was often a guest at her town house in New York City. James wrote of Beatrix, to her mother: My liveliest interest attends her on her path. With Farrand's bookplate on the the front pastedown and with her mother's handwritten initials M. C. J. May, 1888 on the front free endpaper. Portraits of literary figures of the day, including a chapter on Constance Woolson, another close female friend of James. Light foxing and tanning, else VG+.