London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. First edition. No comparable U.S. edition. First printing without "A New Edition" on title page and with 32 pages of ads at rear dated November 1896. Although title page dated 1897, actually published December 8, 1896. Includes the first appearance of four stories: "How to Tell a Story," "Mental Telegraphy Again," "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us," and "A Little Note to M. Paul Bourget"; the title novella (previously appeared in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, August and September 1896, and then in book form just a few weeks before this Chatto & Windus publication), and "The Californian's Tale" and "Adam's Diary," both of which were previously collected. 8vo blue cloth boards stamped in gilt and blind, 246 pp. plus ads, Good to very good with spine ends repaired, spine lettering slightly dulled, light damp staining to front pastedown and binding starting, most evidently at p.161. Quite scarce.