"The motor-car has restored the romance of travel": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Motor-Flight Through France

  • A 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 "l’Hexagone" provide an enchanting and indelible portrait of the land during this era. But Wharton’s 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.