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Wharton, Edith; & Lawrence Beall Smith, illus.  The age of innocence. Avon, CT: Limited Editions Club, 1973. 8vo (27.7 cm, 10.875"). xii, [1], 311, [3] pp.; 12 col. plts.
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Limited Editions Club production of Wharton's classic treatment of late 19th-century upper-crust New York life, here with an introduction by R.W.B. Lewis and illustrations by Lawrence Beall Smith: 12 full-page in color and 12 black-and-white in-text drawings, described in the newsletter as "romantic without being sentimental." The volume was designed by Philip Grushkin, set in monotype Bell and printed on laid rag stock paper at the Press of the Archer in Mount Vernon, NY; the color illustrations were printed by The Holyoke Lithograph Company of Springfield, MA. The binding was done by the Tapley-Ritter Company in 100% American cotton woven in an all-over floral pattern, with a shelfback of red-brown buckram stamped in gilt.
        No. 733 of 2000 copies => signed by illustrator Lawrence Beall Smith. The prospectus and newsletter are laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 469. Bound as above; small bump to spine-foot. In original rust paper–colored slipcase with gilt-lettered spine label; minor scuff to one side; newsletter creased across its middle. => A lovely edition of this classic in a clean, beautiful copy.  (38328)   Please RESHELVE This.


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