Hard Cover. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1933. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt; black dust jacket lettered in white. Near fine with a touch of rubbing to the spine ends; in a lightly worn jacket with a tear along the spine, spine lightly worn and a small abrasion to the upper spine. Aptly named, Human Nature, this collection of five stories showcases Edith Wharton's ability to skillfully reveal the inner nature of her characters. Often critical, Wharton never veers into sensationalism. The first story, a novella titled "Her Son," centers upon a lonely widow's search for her son. Similar to Ethan Frome, the story builds to a fever pitch of emotion and is undergirded with a deep sense of pity for the fallibility of its characters.