“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 of Wharton’s autobiography, which reflects on her public and private life. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates, 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
"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: D. Appleton & Company, 1922.
First edition of Wharton’s sweeping epic. Octavo, original blue cloth. Contemporary name to the front pastedwon, near fine in a near dust jacket with light wear and closed tears to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
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.
"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 of Wharton’s classic treatise on “Italian garden-magic.” 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 very good condition with some light rubbing and wear. A nice example.
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1920.
First edition of Wharton’s classic account In Morocco. Octavo, original blue cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard. Illustrated. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
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.
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition of the biography of the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Sandra Day O’Connor on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1956.
First edition of the re-issue. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Portia Washington Pittman to Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, To Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt The First Lady of the World- Sincerely- Portia Washington Pittman- Daughter of Booker T. Washington Sept. 1956.” Some tape residue to the front free endpaper and some wear to the cloth in a very good dust jacket.
New York: Financial Guardian Publishing Company, 1927.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Rend With all good wishes for the success of his new book sincerely W.D. Gann May 12, 1942.” Some light rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the foot of the spine. Books signed or inscribed by W.D. Gann are rare.
New York: Doubleday Press, 1987.
First edition, signed Limited edition. Octavo, original blue leather, all edges gilt. One of 250 numbered copies, signed by George Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase.