Item #15484 THE DESCENT OF MAN and Other Stories. Edith Wharton.
THE DESCENT OF MAN and Other Stories.

THE DESCENT OF MAN and Other Stories.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. Original red cloth.

First Edition of the author's third collection of short stories. The title story is quite appropriate more than a century later: an eminent scientist decides

to have a bit of a joke on the general public by publishing a perfect parody of the kind of pseudo-scientific nonsense that... is just a little bit too believable to make disproving it an easy task. His book a resounding success, and the public clamoring for more, the professor faces a dilemma: let everybody down by exposing his satire, thus earning eternal enmity and likely ostracism, or give in to the public for more of the same [Sherrod].

This is a fine, bright copy; atypically, the red spine is NOT faded. Garrison A9.I.a. Provenance: bookplate of the collector Christopher Clark Geest. Item #15484

Price: $300.00

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