WHARTON, Edith (author). Tales of Men And Ghosts. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons. 1910.
8vo. Original finely ribbed red cloth with single-rule panel in blind to upper board, lettered gilt within a gilt panel to upper cover, spine lettered gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut; pp. [viii], 3-438 + [iv] ads.; with title-page in red and black; an attractive copy with mild uniform fading and rubbing to spine and a small bruise to lower forecorner of upper cover; internally fresh with a insignificant crack to upper hinge and a first two text leaves slightly carelessly opened at the fore-edge with chipping into the margin.
First edition of this collection of ten short stories of mystery and the supernatural which include "The Bolted Door"; "The Legend"; "The Debt", "The Blond Beast" and "The Eyes". The tales first appeared individually in Scribner's Magazine and The Century between 1909 and '10.
The American novelist and short story writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is best known for three classics of American literature The Age of Innocence; Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth. She is most closely associated with the upper strata of New York society and the gilded age, of which she was an astute critic, and which she wrote about with an insider's knowledge.