New York: Harper and Brothers, 1893. Single volume, measuring 5.75 x 4 inches: [viii], 175, . Original dark green cloth decorated in gilt. Title page printed in red and black, tissue-guarded photographic frontispiece, seven black-and-white plates throughout text. Early owner signature to front free endpaper. Lightest edgewear.
First edition of this collection of seven essays by Henry James on the visual and performing arts, including pieces on book illustrators of the day, the contemporary stage, and the caricatures of Honoré Daumier. Perhaps most notable is James’s tribute to John Singer Sargent, another American expatriate who specialized in portraits, praising “the light, free security of [Sargent’s] execution, the sense it gives us as of assimilated secrets and of instinct and knowledge playing together.” A bright, near-fine copy.