THE THIRD VIOLET. Stephen Crane.

THE THIRD VIOLET.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. Original tan cloth decorated in red, black and gilt.

First Edition of Crane's sixth book, a romance about young impoverished artists. It was not long after he finished writing this, and before it was published, that Crane was ship­wrecked near Jacksonville, as he was headed off to cover the war in Cuba (Crane had to spend three days in an "open boat").

THE THIRD VIOLET was something of a success, but artistically it seemed a distinct blot on Crane's reputation... [One reviewer observed,] "We hope that THE THIRD VIOLET, which is a hopelessly scentless one, will be the last of its kind, and that instead of violets Mr. Crane will give us war -- war -- war." [Stallman]

This was to be the last of Crane's four Appleton books to appear in this tan binding. This is quite simply a fine, bright, clean copy -- essentially as new; this is especially remarkable for such a light-colored, soil-prone binding. Williams & Starrett 13; Blanck 4078. Item #14775

Price: $495.00

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