Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens.
Author: [Wharton, Edith] Russell, Vivian
Reference #: 1648
List Price: $40.00
Little, Brown & Co., Boston, New York, Toronto, London, 1998. A Fine, oblong quarto volume in the publisher’s original unclipped dustjacket. 192 pp., with 200 illustrations in full colour and a further 20 b&w; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
While Edith Wharton is best known today for her novels, including The Age of Innocence, (1920), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, and Ethan Frome (1911). Following a trip to Italy, she entered the field of travel writing with Italian Villas and Their Gardens, published in 1904. Initially seen as simply that – a travel book – the work was in fact a serious look at Italian garden architecture and symbolism. In the present work, Vivian Russell has followed her footsteps and, with lavish photographs of those gardens Wharton visited almost a century before which have survived the intervening years.
A slight, small blemish at the base of the front hinge – it appears to us to have been from the time of publication and does not affect either the integrity, or tight square nature, of the binding – Else Fine. Out of print. A heavy volume that may incur extra shipping.
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