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WHARTON, Edith.

The Fruit of the Tree.

1907 Stock Code: 35428
£2,600.00

Notes

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).

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Description

Octavo. Original textured blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt, top edge gilt.

Condition

Contents very lightly shaken, edges slightly rubbed, tips a little rubbed but an excellent copy.

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