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.” A manuscript note on the pastedown records that, in a letter to art historian Bernard Berenson, Wharton writes that “poor St. A explains for the 100th time why he can’t have a telephone and how all his friends try to avoid seeing him”.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Bookplate of author and historian Louis Auchincloss and small slip to front pastedown. Very lightly rubbed at extremities, front hinge cracked and upper board loose, pencilled notes to rear endpapers. A very good copy.