"The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Motor-Flight Through France
A Motor-Flight Through France.
Item Number: 2178
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.
A Motor-Flight Through France captures all of the riches and charm of France during the Belle Époque in Edith Wharton's, beautiful romantic prose. Wharton was utterly beguiled by France at the dawn of the twentieth century, and in this volume her brilliant sketches of "lHexagone" provide an enchanting and indelible portrait of the land during this era. But Whartons travelogue is as much about the thrill of travel as it is about place. With the automobile in its infancy, Wharton was experiencing the countryside as few people ever had, liberated from the ugliness of train yards and the constraints of passage by rail. "The motor-car has restored the romance of travel," she wrote.
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"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.
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1920.
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911.
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New York: D. Appleton, 1924.
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New York: The Century Company, 1904.
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Original 1959 Road Program From West Side Story's First American Tour; inscribed by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Larry Kert
Laurents, Arthur; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
New York: Kal Efron, 1959.
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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900.
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