FIGHTING FRANCE. From Dunkerque to Belfort. Edith Wharton.
FIGHTING FRANCE. From Dunkerque to Belfort.

FIGHTING FRANCE. From Dunkerque to Belfort.

Illustrated [with photographs]. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915. Original red cloth

First and Only Edition, first printing, first (American) issue -- the rest of the first printing formed the Canadian edition, and the second and last printing formed the UK edition, all in 1915. After Wharton's 1913 divorce, she moved permanently to France, and did not flee when war broke out a year later; indeed she became highly involved in the French war effort, setting up women's workrooms and raising funds for Belgian refugees.

Through her various connections, Wharton was one of few foreigners allowed to visit the front lines in France. She made five separate trips in 1915, which were later published as articles and then compiled together in Fighting France, which became an American bestseller. Wharton’s writing on the bleak realities of war was on its own in America, when the nation was attempting to keep its distance from the war, and Wharton was determined to shed light on the consequences being suffered by countries who needed help [Redwood].

Though a "bestseller," there were just two printings divided up for the US, Canada and the UK -- making this one of Edith Wharton's scarcer books.

Included are thirteen photographs, one of which (the frontispiece) shows the author, armed with a parasol, at a French palisade on the front. Condition is very good-plus (front cover quite clean and bright, spine a little faded as usual, dent-mark across the rear cover). Garrison A23.I.a. Item #14287

Price: $100.00

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