Hard Cover. New York: Scribner's, 1908. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, first state on laid paper. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles. Fine, without any interior markings, spine just a trifle faded, with bright gilt to cloth and top edge. An absolutely beautiful copy. Garrison A15.I.a. Edith Wharton's fourth collection of short stories, The Hermit and the Wild Woman, features seven stories, each of which gives a lesson in morality. One of her earlier works, this collection showcases Wharton's burgeoning ability to write vastly different protagonists from story to story: the protagonists vary from a cloistered monk to a struggling artist.