"We can't behave like people in novels, though, can we?": First Edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence.
Item Number: 3575
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.
"There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as major," noted Gore Vidal, "and Edith Wharton is one." Listed on Modern Library's 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.
Other Books by this Author
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1922.
First edition of Wharton’s sweeping epic. Octavo, original blue cloth. Contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near dust jacket with light wear and closed tears to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
"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.
“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, gilt topstain. In fine condition. An exceptionally fresh example, rare in this condition.
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.
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.
First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1814.
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Exceptionally rare.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.
First American edition of Mann’s final work in his acclaimed four-part novel and is widely regarded as one of the greatest creative works of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Charles Jackson grateful for his visit and for the fine gift of his book. Pac. Palisades I.VII 44 Thomas Mann.” Mann moved to Pacific Palisades, California, with his family in 1940 and became friends with the recipient Charles Jackson. The book referenced in this inscription is Jackson’s novel, The Lost Weekend, published in 1944 and describing five days in the life of an alcoholic, thought to be autobiographical. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the German by H.T. Lowe-Porter. A nice association.
London: John Murray, 1875.
First edition of this classic work by Darwin. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrations by Darwin and his sons, George and Francis Darwin. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
“A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results": First Edition of Napoleon Hill's The Master Key to Riches; Signed by Him
Los Angeles: The Willing Publishing Company,, 1945.
First edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips to the extremities.