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THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
New York & London D. Appleton and Company 1920 Second Printing with"2" on the last page of text. Original red cloth, neatly rebacked with nearly all of the original spine retained. Winner of the second Pulitzer Prize ever given, this copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper to her close friends: "To my dear Matilda/& Walter Gay/Edith Wharton/December 1920." In addition, 14 pages of the text have brief pencil corrections by Wharton. A copy of Wharton's ARTEMIS TO ACTAEON inscribed to Matilda Gay sold at Sotheby's in 1976. We have been unable to locate any other signed copies of this title, Wharton's best known book, offered for sale in at least 30 years. Cloth rubbed, spine faded, still Very Good and exceptionally scarce when signed When Walter Gay died in 1937, the same year Wharton died, he was dubbed the "Dean of American Painters in France" in his New York Times obituary. One of his better known paintings is one of Edith Wharton's bedroom, which he inscribed to her. Matilda Gay attended Wharton's funeral.
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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