"an historian of the American society of her time" (Edmund Wilson) First Edition of Edith Wharton's Madame de Treymes

  • Madame de Treymes.

Madame de Treymes.


Item Number: 79746

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907.

First edition of this subtle investigation of the clash of cultures and the role of women in the social hierarchy. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with color plates. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. A very sharp example.

Madame de Treymes, Edith Wharton's first publication after the highly successful The House of Mirth, is a captivating portrait of turn-of-the-century American and French culture. Inspired by Wharton's own entré into Parisian society in 1906 and reminiscent of the works of Henry James, it tells the story of two young innocents abroad: Fanny Frisbee of New York, unhappily married to the dissolute Marquis de Malrive, and John Durham, her childhood friend who arrives in Paris intent on convincing Fanny to divorce her husband and marry him instead.

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