Item #15480 ARTEMIS TO ACTÆON and Other Verse. Edith Wharton.

ARTEMIS TO ACTÆON and Other Verse.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Original very dark grey-green ribbed cloth decorated in gilt.

First and only Edition, first printing (the only other printing was 250 copies printed three months later for Macmillan's London edition). This was Edith Wharton's second volume of verse, preceded only by her rare first book, the anonymous 1878 volume VERSES (of which only a dozen copies are known to survive).

Although Wharton had written many of these poems years earlier, this burst of poetic inspiration was the result of her 1907-1908 adulterous affair with the notorious bisexual journalist Morton Fullerton (introduced to her by Henry James); she (like other victims) wrote him numerous love-letters which he claimed to be destroying, only to have him sell them when he later needed money.

This is a bright copy, fine except for light rubbing at the spine ends, and minor foxing of the endpapers. Uncommon. Garrison A17.I.a. Item #15480

Price: $575.00

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