Illustrated by John Sloan. London: Chapman & Hall, 1901. Original reddish-brown cloth.
First English Edition. Crane dreamed up the idea of dramatizing great battles as a money-making scheme: "such sure quick money," he wrote his agent Pinker. Crane was very familiar with recent battles: since 1895 he had been a war correspondent in Cuba and in Greece, and had just begun reporting on the Boer War when he dies of consumption in mid-1900 (in the Black Forest, where he had gone to seek the cure). For this book he chose battles for their "picturesque and theatric qualities." Kate Frederic, common-law wife of the writer Harold Frederic, actually did most of the research and much of the writing; she "felt indebted to the Cranes for providing a home for her children; she expected [and received] no acknowledgement for writing GREAT BATTLES." [Stallman]. The book was not published until after Crane's death.~This English edition is considerably scarcer than Lippincott's American edition. This is a very good-plus copy (very minor wear at the extremities, July 1901 prize inscription on the front endpaper). Williams & Starrett 32; Blanck 4094 (note). Item #9067