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The Greater Inclination
London: John Lane [Printed by D. B. Updike, Boston (on verso of title)], 1899. First English edition. Ornamentation on title repeated on cover. Pp. [8], 254. 1 vols. 8vo. Original olive green cloth, gilt decoration from title repeated on upper cover. Some rubbing and darkening, some fraying to head and tail of spine, front free endpaper removed, separating along upper inner hinge, ink notation as to provenance on half-title, mailing label laid down on pastedown, some soiling and light browned, a well read and appreciated copy, carefully preserved in a half-brown morocco clamshell box. George Meredith's copy GEORGE MEREDITH'S COPY WITH AN ADDRESS PANEL IN HIS HAND SENDING THE VOLUME TO WILFRID MEYNELL, the literary critic and journalist who with his wife Alice was a close friend of Meredith. When in November of 1908, Henry James introduced Wharton to Meredith, Meredith greeted her exclaiming "My dear child, I've read every word you've written and I've always wanted to see you." Meredith had long been one of Wharton's favorite writers and it has been said that the influence of Meredith's "adroit social satire and sly feats of Language" are very evident in "The Greater Inclination".
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