FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S THE CHILDREN
WHARTON, Edith. The Children. New York and London: D. Appleton, 1928. Octavo, original black cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. $900.
First edition, first printing, second state, of Wharton’s novel exploring the relationship between parents and children.
“Edith Wharton’s chief preoccupation is with the conflict between social and individual fulfillment which frequently leads to tragedy” (Drabble, 1059). With roman numeral “I” beneath last line of text indicating first edition, first printing; lack of notation of date of first printing on copyright page indicating first printing; and 122.23 reading “when… racking,” and 135.14 with motors spelled “moters” indicating second state, no priority established. First issue dust jacket C, same as A except orange, no priority established. Garrison A42.1.a2.
Book near-fine with only very slightly sunned spine. Scarce dust jacket with expert restoration.