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Meredith, George 

Modern Love

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Title

Meredith, George 

Modern Love

Subject

Meredith, George

Description

One of a rare edition of total 400 copies printed on handmade paper and bound in paper wrappers. Signed / inscribed by Walter Berry on the fly: "Edith Wharton."

Another, later inscription, "Sheelagh from George," is also included on the fly. The recipient ("Sheelagh") is also identified by a bookplate, which marks the book as being the property of "Sheelagh Hancox." Alongside these items, there is also a typewritten passage (printed on contemporary, acid-based paper) that includes a quote from Henry James' novel The Portrait of a Lady and reads:"“I lost no time; I fell in love with you then. . . . I don’t know whether you suspected I was doing so, but I paid—mentally speaking, I mean—the
great possible attention to you. Nothing you said, nothing you did, was lost upon me. . . .”

These items date from the years during which George Ramsden owned the contents of Wharton's library. However, both the inscription and the typewritten quotation originate not with Ramsden, but with another George (Sims), another bookseller who had a close relationship with Sheelagh Hancox and gifted the book to her, likely some time during the 1980s. For more information, see Sheila Liming, What a Library Means to a Woman (Minnesota UP, 2020), pp. 189-191.

Pencil markings have been added to the text by Wharton in several places.

Source

[PC]

Publisher

Thomas Mosher (Portland)

Date

(1862) 1891

Language

English

Identifier

2005_047_0942

Files

Citation

“Meredith, George 
Modern Love,” EWL, accessed August 12, 2022, http://edithwhartonslibrary.org/ewl/items/show/1321.