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WAR IS KIND
1899 - [Will Bradley's masterpiece] Drawings by Will Bradley. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1899. Original grey paper boards pictorially decrated in black, with spine label. First Edition of Crane's eighth book, his second volume of verse (some of which had appeared in the 1896 Roycroft Quarterly as "A Souvenir and A Medley"). Crane wrote these poems in Havana, during his nine-month separation from Cora; he called them his "Intrigue" poems, as in general they concerned his love-conflict between Cora (then being foreclosed upon in England) and Lily Brandon Munroe.~Mainly interesting as biography, these poems have been ignored or slighted by Crane's biographers and critics. They are memorable not as poetry but as poetic documents of personal feeling [Stallman].~But today this book is sought just as much for Will Bradley's book design and illustrations: the book is now regarded as typifying the best of American book design of the 1890s. The book was "arranged and printed by Will Bradley," with the text and his many illustrations on the heavy grey paper he chose for this book.~This is a very nearly FINE copy: the spine is slightly browned (less than usual), but there is scarcely any wear (typically the spine ends are chipped away, but not here). Williams & Starrett 20; Blanck 4083. Housed in a custom clamshell case. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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