Hard Cover. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. First Edition. Very Good.
Second edition, first printing. Publisher's tan buckram, front board and spine lettered and decorated in red and black, initial "T" on front board set in a gilt panel, and brown endpapers. Very good, with light soiling to cloth, a touch of rubbing to spine ends and corners, and clean interior. Overall, a sturdy copy, without any nicks or tears. The Red Badge of Courage, Crane's second novel, is widely considered the author's masterpiece and is 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. Item #SC028