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splendid Wharton presentation copy with the rare dust jacket

WHARTON, EDITH. Twelve Poems

London: Chiswick Press for the Medici Society, 1926

Original gray paper boards, cloth spine, and rare printed paper dust jacket. 2 in. chip from foot of jacket spine, front joint of jacket separated, else a fine copy. Half morocco case.

First edition. Copy number 23 of 130 copies.  An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Wharton to her friend, advisor, and favorite editor Rutger Jewett, of Appleton: “For Rutger Jewett with best Christmas wishes Edith Wharton 1926.”

Rare in dust jacket.

[with]

WHARTON, EDITH. Autograph letter signed to Rutger Jewett. Sainte-Claire le Chateau Hyères, Var [France]. January 1, 1931. One page.

After sending New Year’s greeting and her thanks for a gift, Wharton notes that since her arrival six weeks ago, she has done little but leisure walks among the ruins of the Château d’Hyères. She vows, “I am beginning the New Year with the stern resolution of getting to work again tomorrow!”

$10,000