New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884. 8 pp undated ads. Original grey cloth pictorially decorated in black, with orange tiger-stripe cloth spine.
First Edition (consisting of 1500 copies) of the volume containing Stockton's most (and perhaps only) well-known short story. Stockton ingeniously created this dilemma of a princess under parental influence, torn between relinquishing her lover to a marriageable lady or to a savage tiger. The story stirred up debates throughout the country (since the choice is left to the reader), and brought Stockton an unwelcome amount of publicity. It was produced as an operetta at Wallack's Theatre, May 7, 1888, and eight decades later was the basis of one of the three playlets in the 1966-1967 Broadway musical "The Apple Tree" (directed by Mike Nichols and starring Alan Alda, Barbara Harris and Larry Blyden).~The front cover shows one of the doors the lover must choose from, and the spine is bound in tiger-stripe cloth. This copy has the standard endpapers (grey with a green floral/geometric pattern); some copies have plain grey endpapers (priority unknown, though patterned ones are usually encountered).~This is a just-about-fine copy (essentially no external wear or soil, front endpaper slightly cracked). This is the only Stockton book that remains well-known today, and is rather scarce in desirable condition. Blanck 18880; a Johnson High Spot and a Queen's Quorum selection. Item #13161