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The House in Good Taste

by de Wolfe, Elsie (Lady Elsie de Wolfe Mendl)

First Edition

Price: $900.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: 015001
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Very Good
  • Illustrator: Illustrated
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Century Company
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1913
  • Keywords: BIBLE OF HOME DECORATING LESBIAN

New York: The Century Company, 1913. First edition, NY: Century, 1913. Grey cloth binding with pink, yellow, white and gilt decoration, top edge gilt. Blind stamped lettering on spine. Frontispiece photograph with facsimile signature, protective tissue. Illustrated with photographs in color and black and white. 322 pp. Born in New York, New York, the daughter of Georgina Copeland and Stephen de Wolfe, Ella Anderson de Wolfe was educated privately in New York and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she lived with maternal relatives. Through that connection she was presented at Queen Victoria's court in 1883 and introduced to London society. Elsie started adult life as an actress before becoming famous for her interior design and, in lesbian circles, for her relationship with the lesbian theatre agent Elizabeth Marbury. The two women met in 1886 in the house of the two unmarried sisters Sara and Eleanor Hewitt, who were close friends of Marbury. In 1887 de Wolfe and Marbury set up home together. They both made trips to Europe and, in 1907, decided to move into the Villa Trianon in Versailles, which they eventually shared with Anne Morgan, a wealthy US heiress. The three were knwn as the "triangle of Versailles" living in a ménage à trois. The Bible of home decorating. Shallow chipping and rubbing to spine. Rubbing to extremities. Very good condition.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. Illus. by Illustrated. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.