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The Book of the Homeless. (Le Livre des Sans-Foyer) - Wharton, Edith, editor - 1916. 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916. 160p, illustrations, facsimiles. 13"x10". First edition. Bluish green cloth back and gray paper boards; titling in gilt on the front cover and spine. Portfolio of bluish green cloth sides and gray paper board. Printed by D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press. The colophon states: "Of this book, in addition to the regular edition, there have been printed and numbered one hundred and seventy-five copies deluxe, of larger format. Numbers 1-50 on French hand-made paper, containing four facsimiles of manuscripts and a second set of illustrations in portfolio. Numbers 51-175 on Van Gelder paper." This is copy 37/50 copies deluxe on French hand-made paper signed by D.B. Updike, with the facsimiles, and with the portfolio of twenty two prints. With the introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. With original contributions from many of the leading artists and writers of the day, all solicited by Wharton to create a book to help finance her war efforts on behalf of the French refugees streaming into Paris; including Rupert Brooke, Paul Claudel, Jean Cocteau, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, William Dean Howells, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, W. B. Yeats, George Santayana, Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Max Beerbohm, Charles Dana Gibson, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Rénoir, Auguste Rodin, and John Singer Sargent. Wharton was disappointed that Rudyard Kipling did not contribute. The book was a success at publicizing her campaign for the homeless. What was an equal success was the auction after publication of the original art work and manuscripts. "It was undoubtedly the most prestigious of the memorial books produced during the war and received excellent press coverage and reviews. The New York Times Book Review observed that its famous contributors 'have given their best' " (from Shari Benstock's Edith Wharton: A Biography). For a fascinating account of the production of the Book of the Homeless, see Alan Price's "The Making of Edith Wharton's The Book of the Homeless." A former library copy with marks professionally removed or reduced. Bottom cover rubbed; minor spotting of the end papers; still a very good copy of this rare deluxe printing with the very rare portfolio of prints in occasional foxing in very good condition. Photographs on request. [Garrison: D1.1.a]
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