Item #15476 CRUCIAL INSTANCES. Edith Wharton.


New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. Original dark grey-green paper-covered boards decorated in gilt.

First Edition of Edith Wharton's second collection of short stories; this volume includes seven, all appearing in book form for the first time. This was her third volume of fiction, following THE GREATER INCLINATION (1899, stories) and THE TOUCHSTONE (1900, a novella).

The seven items in CRUCIAL INSTANCES are so clearly inferior to the best of THE GREATER INCLINATION that it has even been speculated that Edith Wharton had written them some years earlier and had dragged them out of her drawer in the winter of 1901 to meet contractual obligations. In fact, they were all written... after THE TOUCHSTONE -- in 1900 and 1901 [Lewis].

This copy is in grey-green paper-covered boards, elaborately gilt, while others are in red cloth; there is no priority, but it is much tougher to find these paper-covered copies in decent shape. This is a bright, close-to-fine copy, with very little of the edge-wear so often seen on paper-covered boards. Garrison A5.I.a (binding A). Item #15476

Price: $325.00

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