Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

1920

The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith

Appleton and Company

$2.00

365

Title page and copyright page both say 1920 with no statements of subsequent printings. Has "(1)" on the last page of text, which indicates it is the first printing.

A comparison of the first, second, and seventh printings has indicated that there were many changes and edits made at some point after the second printing. They are not first edition points because they are known to exist on all first printings and at least some second printings. The change that is most often noted is on page 186 where line 7 began with "Forasmuch as it hath please Almighty God". It was changed to "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here".

The first state dust jacket featured quotes about the author from Percy Lubbock on the back panel that were pieced together from an article he wrote in the January 1915 issue of the Quarterly Review entitled The Novels of Edith Wharton. In the second state dust jacket, these original quotes were replaced by specific quotes about the book made by William Phelps that appeared in the New York Times on October 17, 1920.

The first state dust jacket is extremely rare, and the first printing of the book itself has become much more difficult to find in recent years.

The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.



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Picture of the 1920 first edition dust jacket for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the 1920 first edition dust jacket for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.00 price is found for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition Appleton and Company boards for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition Appleton and Company boards for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Age of Innocence.

Picture of the first edition title page for The Age of Innocence.

The number on the last page of text indicates the printing.  True first editions should

The number on the last page of text indicates the printing. True first editions should have a "(1)" to indicate a first printing.

This is page 186 from the first printing and from the seventh printing of the Age of

This is page 186 from the first printing and from the seventh printing of the Age of Innocence. "Forasmuch as it hath please Almighty God" was in all first printins and at least some second printings. It was updated to "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here" as early as the fourth printing.

This is the contents page from the January 1915 issue of Quarterly Review. The four Percy

This is the contents page from the January 1915 issue of Quarterly Review. The four Percy Lubbock quotes used in first issue dust jacket of The Age of Innocence were taken from the Wharton article.

The first Percy Lubbock quote used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is found on page

The first Percy Lubbock quote used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is found on page 194 of the January 1915 Quarterly Review. Some wording was changed slightly.

The second and third Percy Lubbock quotes used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is

The second and third Percy Lubbock quotes used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is found on page 195 of the January 1915 Quarterly Review.

The forth Percy Lubbock quote used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is found on page

The forth Percy Lubbock quote used on the Age of Innocence dust jacket is found on page 201 of the January 1915 Quarterly Review.



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