Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1909. 8vo. 389 pp., FIRST EDITION. including bibliography and index. Maroon cloth with paper spine label. Item #11661
First edition of the first book in English to be devoted to the life and works of the Sainte-Beuve (1804-69), the foremost French literary critic of the nineteenth century, who abandoned his medical studies for literature. Part of Alexander Jessup’s series French men of letters. Harper (1863-1947) was assistant editor of Scribner’s Magazine, Woodhull Professor of Romance Languages at Princeton, as well as one of the closest friends of Woodrow Wilson. BMC, XI, 271.