Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. 2 pp undated ads. Original olive green cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of Kate Chopin's second book, a collection of 23 stories and anecdotes of Louisiana local color. An outstanding example:~"Desirée's Baby" tells of a Louisiana aristocrat who marries an orphan girl. Their son shows evidence of Negroid ancestry, and Armand turns Desirée and the child out of his house. She disappears [into the bayou], and some weeks later he discovers an old letter of his mother, revealing that the Negro blood is in his own family. [OCAL]~A native of St. Louis, Kate O'Flaherty married a successful Louisiana Creole named Oscar Chopin, and lived in New Orleans and on a nearby cotton plantation until his death of swamp fever in 1882, when she was 31; after two years of trying to manage the plantation herself, she returned with her son to St. Louis to write, beginning with the now exceedingly scarce AT FAULT (St. Louis 1890, in wrappers) -- and ending when the shock over her fourth, THE AWAKENING (1899), put an end to her literary career.~This is a very good-minus copy of a book that seldom turns up truly fine: there is a little wear at the spine ends, and slight cracking of the rear endpaper -- and as always with this olive green sateen cloth, the spine has aged to a honey brown. Blanck 3244. Item #13776