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Visit to the Estate of Edith Wharton
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Lenox, Massachusetts

On Sunday, September, 17 2017, Ticknor Society members will be traveling to The Mount, the estate of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Massachusetts. Edith Wharton felt The Mount's 113 acre house and gardens, which she designed and built in 1902, was "her first real home." There will be a tour of the home which will include a special in-depth focus on Edith Wharton's library. The library comprises volumes she collected throughout her lifetime and includes significant association copies and books annotated in her own hand.

A catered lunch on the terrace will be provided. The total cost for the tour and lunch will be $37.00. If you have questions or would like to RSVP please email Michael Barton at

Carpooling will be available.

Edith Wharton's Library at The Mount consists of some 2,700 volumes, include books from every period of Wharton's life, written in the languages she learned as a child and spoke fluently-English, French, German, and Italian. Wharton often annotated her books - gently marking in pencil using ticks, check marks, underlining, and, very occasionally, words.

Provenance. Upon her death in 1937, Wharton's will bequeathed the library to the sons of two close friends: William Royall Tyler and Colin Clark. The portion now at The Mount was left in trust to art historian Kenneth Clark for his six-year-old son, Colin. In 1983, Colin sold the books to London booksellers, who in turn sold them to George Ramsden, a book dealer in York, England. Ramsden cataloged the collection, then sold the collection to The Mount in 2005.