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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . First Edition Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; published 24 November 1915 in an edition of 5400 copies. This copy with a small hand-written card paper-clipped to the top edge of the front endpaper: "from/Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt/Oyster Bay/L.I." In addition the book is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Wharton on the front endpaper with a few lines of verse in the style of Arthur Sullivan: "'Watchman, what of the night?/Through the storm-wrack send thy glance!'/'In the East I see a light--/That light is France.'/Edith Wharton/Dec. 1, 1916/Paris." A scarce book to find signed, especially with such a fine inscription. The most recent copy we could locate at auction, in THE EARLE J. BERNHEIMER COLLECTION OF FIRST EDITIONS OF AMERICAN AUTHORS, sold in 1950. Spine sunned, gilt still clear. Near Fine (Item ID: 019190)


We judge condition conservatively. All books are octavo First American or British editions in original bindings offered subject to prior sale unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers present when described. All autographs are unconditionally guaranteed for life to be genuine. We attempt to note signatures and bookplates when present as well as any defect we see. In any case, any item may be returned, with prior notice, within 7 days of receipt for any reason. All returns should be shipped fully insured and prior notification should be given.



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