“BUT I AM BORN HAPPY EVERY MORNING”: FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S A BACKWARD GLANCE
A Backward Glance: Reminiscences by Edith Wharton.
Item Number: 3156
New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.
A Backward Glance is Edith Wharton's vivid account of both her public and her private life. With richness and delicacy, it describes the old New York society in which Wharton spent her youth, and chronicles her travels throughout Europe and her literary success as an adult. It also depicts her friendships with many of the most celebrated artists and writers of her day, including her close friend Henry James.
Other Books by this Author
“The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts”: First Edition of one of the classic works on Interior Design The Decoration of Houses
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.
First edition of Edith Wharton’s first published book. Octavo, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In very good condition with some wear to the spine extremities. A nice example of an important work on interior design.
"The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of A Motor-Flight Through France; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Scribner's, 1908.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Illustrated throughout. Fine in the original dust jacket which shows some chips to the spine and a large chip to the rear panel. Very rare in the original dust jacket.
"A seminal work on garden design": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Italian Villas and Their Gardens
New York: The Century Company, 1904.
First edition. Quarto, original dark green cloth, top edge gilt. With 45 full-page plates, including 26 illustrations by Maxfield Parrish (15 in color), seven in-text and 19 black-and-white photographic illustrations. In near fine condition with some light rubbing and wear. A very nice example.
First Edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work Age of Innocence in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: D. Appleton, 1920.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original red cloth. A very good example with some rubbing to the bottom cloth in the rare original unrestored dust jacket with some chips and wear to the spine and panels. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original unrestored dust jacket.
Old New York: False Dawn, The Forties; The Old Maid, The Fifties; Old New York, The Sixties; and New Year’s Day, the Seventies.
New York: D. Appleton, 1924.
First editions of each of the four volumes that compose of Edith Wharton’s Old New York. Octavo, four volumes; original blue cloth; original slipcase. Each volume is in near fine condition with the original dust jackets which show just a touch of rubbing and wear. The original slipcase is in very good condition. The nicest example we have seen or handled.
"We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work Age of Innocence
New York: D. Appleton, 1920.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original red cloth. A very good copy with some light wear to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Illustrated by E.C. Peixotto. Frontispiece and Illustrated throughout. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing and a contemporary bookplate.
"The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Motor-Flight Through France
New York: Scribner's, 1908.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Top edge gilt. Ilustrated throughout. In very good condition. Laid into this copy is a contemporary brochure from Scribner’s for their illustrated books of the period. A nice bright example.
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEINS "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in very good condition shows some rubbing. Edited by Paul Arthur Schhilpp. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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London: HarperCollins, 1993-2002.
First British editions of each work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. A very nice set.
Washington, D.C: Public Affairs Press, 1948.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear and tear to the extremities. Translated by Mahadev Desai.
London: Hutchinson , 1987.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Garry Kasparov on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.