Hard Cover. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing, first state, with 4 pp. of ads following text listing "Gilbert Parker's Best Books" first. Publisher's tan buckram, stamped in red, black, and gilt to front board, and in red and black to spine, top edge stained yellow, light brown coated endpapers. About very good with significant fading to spine but otherwise bright cloth, boards very slightly bowed, two small abrasions to each pastedown, Brentano's sticker to rear pastedown, inner rear hinge starting at spine foot, front hinge slightly starting at pp. [vi], ownership signature to first free leaf, title page with some discoloration and residue from a bookplate or sticker that has since been removed, affecting the text of the author's name, a few scattered spots to an otherwise clean interior. Overall, a solid, presentable copy of Crane's second novel. Williams and Starrett 3. BAL 4071. The Red Badge of Courage, Crane's second novel, is widely considered the author's masterpiece and is credited as the work that propelled him to literary acclaim. An American Civil War novel, it features the fictional Union Army private Henry Fleming who dreams of achieving glory through combat only to become disillusioned with war after his enlistment. After deserting his regiment, Fleming longs for a "red badge of courage," or a battle wound that would assuage his shame at his own cowardice. Notably, although Crane was born several years after the Civil War, The Red Badge of Courage is lauded for its uncanny ability to evoke the feel of a battlefield.