The Decoration of Houses.

“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

The Decoration of Houses.

WHARTON, Edith & Ogden Codman Jr.


Item Number: 117344

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.

First edition of Edith Wharton’s first published book. Quarto, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In very good condition with some rubbing. First editions are uncommon.

Written in collaboration with celebrated American architect Ogden Codman, Jr., Wharton's first book is a comprehensive look at the history and character of turn-of-the-century interior design, moving from historical traditions to the distinctive styles of contemporary taste. It is considered a seminal work and its success led to the emergence of professional decorators working in the manner advocated by its authors. Garrison A2.1.a.

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