If velist Edith Wharton and architect Ogden Codman Jr. had published their scholarly book, The Decoration of Houses, today rather than 110 years ago, doubt it would be a sumptuous coffee-table tome filled with glossy colored photos. But black-and-white sufficed nicely for this influential classic about architecture and design. This is a facsimile copy of the original.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in years 1927, 1928 and 1930.