“PICTURES OF WAR-TIME PARIS”: EDITH WHARTON’S A SON AT THE FRONT, 1923, IN SCARCE DUST JACKET
WHARTON, Edith. A Son at the Front. New York and London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1923. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $1000.
First edition, first issue, of Wharton’s novel exploring “changing ideals and stubborn loyalties.”
Wharton’s “observant, satiric, witty portrayal of social nuance… shows her keen interest in what she called the ‘tribal behaviour’ of various groups.” (Drabble & Stringer, 608). This novel focuses on “the clash between changing ideals and stubborn loyalties.” First issue, with “lips” instead of “lids” on page 244, line 6 (Bruccoli & Clark III:350). Garrison A32.1.a.
Interior fine; light fading to cloth spine ends. Light wear to extremities of extremely scarce dust jacket with toning to spine and tape repairs to verso.