The Fruit of the Tree.London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1907 Stock Code: 35428
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. In later life, he became the most reactionary and old-fashioned member of her regular circle" (Hermione Lee).
Octavo. Original textured blue cloth, titles to front board and spine gilt, top edge gilt.
Contents very lightly shaken, edges slightly rubbed, tips a little rubbed but an excellent copy.
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