New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Original red cloth.
First Edition of this novel sited in France during the Great War. Edith Wharton lived in France when war broke out, and rather than flee, remained there to help the French effort -- even traveling to the front in order to write articles (collected as FIGHTING FRANCE, 1915) designed to prompt America to join in.
The depiction of wartime Paris and the forward areas... is done with a sure hand, and gives those memorable scenes a kind of permanence. [Lewis]
Because George Campton and his parents, Americans all, happened to be in Paris on the day war broke out, he is called to duty in the French Army; the main theme of the novel is the extreme effort by the father (a renowned portrait painter) to prevent his son and only child from being sent to the battle area -- and his son's resistance to that effort.
This is a near-fine copy (essentially no wear or soil, but spine gilt dull as usual). Garrison A32.I.a. Provenance: ownership inscription of "Charles J. & Rose S. Scofield | Carthage, Illinois | October 29, 1923"; Charles (1853-1953) was a country lawyer in Carthage for 78 of his almost-100 years. Item #14288