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WHARTON, Edith. The Fruit of the Tree.

London. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1907. First U.K. edition.
8vo. [4], 606pp, [10]. With a terminal publisher's advertisement catalogue. Original publisher's blind-stamped green cloth, lettered in gilt. Rubbed, a trifle cocked. Armorial bookplate of Roberti Marchionis de Crewe to FEP, endpapers browned.
The first British edition of American author Edith Wharton's (1862-1937) novel set against the background of American industry, controversial for its frank treatment of such issues as labor and industrial conditions, drug addiction, mercy killing, desire, and divorce and second marriages.

Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, marquess of Crewe, formerly Lord Houghton (1858-1945), politician, sometime secretary of state to India.
£ 100.00 Antiquates Ref: 23369