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WHARTON, Edith.

Rare books by Edith Wharton, including first editions and signed copies of The Hermit and the Wild Woman.

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  1. Italian Backgrounds.
    signed

    Italian Backgrounds.

    Illustrated by E. C. Peixotto.
    First edition, first printing, signed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper; a collection of Wharton's impressionist essays on Italian architecture, landscapes and daily life, praised on publication for its "brilliant style, historic research, and a catholicity of taste" (Nation, 80, 22 June 1905, 508). Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113512

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Fruit of the Tree.
    signed

    The Fruit of the Tree.

    First UK edition, first impression. With the ownership initials to the front free endpaper of John Hugh Smith, a close friend of Wharton's, and with the author's unsigned presentation inscription to the half title leaf, "John Cambridge July 13 - 1913". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. Learn More
    £2,600

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published:

    Stock Code: 35428

    Signed: Yes

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  3. The Hermit and the Wild Woman
    signed

    The Hermit and the Wild Woman

    and other stories.
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "A.J.H.S. from E.W. January 1909." John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published:

    Stock Code: 35426

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse.
    signed

    Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Carl Snyder from his friend E. W. April 1909". Snyder was an oceanographer whom Wharton knew in Lenox, MA shortly after her affair with Morton Fullerton (Lewis, Edith Wharton). Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 68842

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse.
    signed

    Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verse.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Matilda Gay from Edith 1909". A particularly attractive association copy: Matilda and Walter Gay were American expatriates in France whose social circle included Wharton, Henry James and many other artists (see William Rieder, Charmed Couple: The Art and Life of Walter & Matilda Gay, 2000). Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109117

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort.
    signed

    Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort.

    Illustrated.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "G.R., E.W. Dec. 21 1915". The recipient, Georges Rodier, was the administrator of the Société de Secours aux Blessés Militaires, a charitable organisation devoted to helping wounded servicemen. He was a friend of Henry James, and met Wharton when they were both in Algiers in 1914. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88145

    Signed: Yes

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  7. French Ways and Their Meaning.
    signed

    French Ways and Their Meaning.

    First edition, first impression, UK issue. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For my dear Matilda, with my love, Edith". Matilda Gay was a fellow American expatriate in France and one of Wharton's closest friends. Gay described Wharton as an "intelligent, brilliant woman". She was "immensely sympathetic to her during the break-up with Teddy, and was one of her most active and committed supporters in the war years" (Lee, Hermione. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 84629

    Signed: Yes

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  8. The Age of Innocence.

    The Age of Innocence.

    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket with no mention of the Columbia Prize. One of Wharton's most enduring works and of notable scarcity in dust jacket. Learn More
    £27,500

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100518

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  9. The Glimpses of the Moon
    signed

    The Glimpses of the Moon

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For John. from E.W. Aug. 10 1922". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 35418

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Mother's Recompense.
    signed

    The Mother's Recompense.

    First Edition, First Printing, English Issue. With the author's presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "R. N. from E. W. May 4 1925". And with the recipient Robert Douglas Norton's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. Norton was an intimate of Wharton's whom he probably met through Henry James. When James died Norton took over his residence in Rye, and it was to Lamb House Wharton returned for her annual trip to Britain. Learn More
    £1,800

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published:

    Stock Code: 27421

    Signed: Yes

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  11. The Mother's Recompense.
    signed

    The Mother's Recompense.

    First edition, first printing. With the author's presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "John from E.W. May 9 1925". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 35417

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Mother's Recompense.
    signed

    The Mother's Recompense.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to the French translator of her books on the front free endpaper, "To Monsieur Louis Gillet in friendly remembrance. Edith Wharton. May 16, 1925". With 7 corrections in the author's hand on pages 118, 154, 155, 236, and 270. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 67937

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Here and Beyond.
    signed

    Here and Beyond.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "John from Edith July 1926". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £1,800

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published:

    Stock Code: 35421

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Twelve Poems.
    signed

    Twelve Poems.

    First and limited edition, number 106 of 130 copies signed by the author. This demure little volume of poetry, attractively printed at the Chiswick Press, is probably Wharton's scarcest book, aside from the unprocurable 1878 book of juvenilia, Verses. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109122

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Twilight Sleep.
    signed

    Twilight Sleep.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "John [Hugh Smith] from Edith May 1927". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £1,600

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 35419

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Children.
    signed

    The Children.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For John August 1928 E.W." John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee). Learn More
    £1,600

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 35420

    Signed: Yes

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  17. The Children.
    signed

    The Children.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to the French translator of her books on the front free endpaper, "To Louis Gillet with my friendly remembrances. Edith Wharton. September 1928". With eight corrections in the author's hand to pages 136, 147, 221, 234, 248, 304, 338, and 342. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: New York & London

    Stock Code: 67955

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Hudson River Bracketed.
    signed

    Hudson River Bracketed.

    First edition, UK issue with revised title page and the number 2 in brackets at the end of the text. The dedication copy with the author's presentation inscription to the dedication leaf incorporating the printed dedication, "[To A.J.H.S.] From E.W. December 1929". John Hugh Smith was a wealthy English banker, friends with Edith Wharton from 1908. "John Hugh Smith's youthful crush on her graduated into a steady, undemanding, lifelong friendship. Learn More
    £9,500

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London, New York:

    Stock Code: 35410

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Human Nature.
    signed

    Human Nature.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Maurice Baring in remembrance of a Good Talk. Edith Wharton. May/ 33". The poet and author Maurice Baring (1874-1945) had been a prominent figure on the London literary scene since the turn of the 20th-century; his book plate (present here) is designed by Hilaire Belloc. Learn More
    £3,950

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109123

    Signed: Yes

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  20. A Backward Glance.
    signed

    A Backward Glance.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Petit voyage préhistorique pour mon ami St. André, E. W. Mai 1934". Wharton's biographer R. W. B. Lewis writes that Alfred de St. Andre was a member of Wharton's French circle who, though he had no particular vocation, was "always good company… and was a valued guide to little-known parts of Paris. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: New York & London

    Stock Code: 68843

    Signed: Yes

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