“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
“I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you're sick and when you're lonesome": First Edition, First Issue of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911.
First edition, first issue with “wearily” in perfect type on penultimate line of page 135 and with four pages of publisher’s advertisements at rear, of Wharton’s greatest tragic story, a “grim tale of a bud of romance ice-bound and turned into a frozen horror in the frigid setting of a New England winter landscape” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In fine condition. Housed in a custom chemise half leather case. An exceptionally fresh example, rare in this condition.
"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.
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.
“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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “To Ed With many thanks for the on-the-job English lessons Ralph.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1973.
First edition of this classic account of growing up gay in America. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed and dated by Andrew Tobias on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed by Albert Einstein
New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.
First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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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.