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1895. An Episode of the American Civil War. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. 4 pp undated ads. Original tan cloth decorated in red, black and gilt. First Edition, first issue, of the great classic that carries the reader into the Battle of Chancellorsville within the mind of an uneducated and untested farm boy. Crane's achievement is all the more remarkable in that he had not (at that point) experienced war himself.~In the first issue, the ads lead off with "Gilbert Parker's Best Books" (whereas in the second the ads lead off with THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE). This copy also has the half-word "lated" in perfect type on p. 225, which is often considered the other first issue point (later copies have this print mutilated, and still later copies have it patched) -- though this is a matter of batter during the print run, and is probably irrelevant as to which copies were first to reach the hands of the public. ~This copy is in near-fine condition (some mottling of the sizing that was originally applied to the cloth, noticeable mainly on the spine and near the fore-edge of the front cover). The cloth is clean, the original light-brown endpapers are not cracked, and the leaves exhibit no foxing. The first issue of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE is becoming rather scarce. Williams & Starrett 3; Blanck 4071; a Merle Johnson "High Spot of American Literature" ("A writer whose power was only recognized in his own country when a Pole, Joseph Conrad, pointed out his worth as a great contributor to Literature").
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