New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Small 8vo (7 1/2" x 5 1/8"), tan buckram with black & red lettering plus floral ornaments on spine & front cover, publisher's yellow topstain, [vi] + 203 rough trimmed pages. Fine / None. Item #5599
Stephen Crane (1871 – 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Creative and prolific during his too short life, he wrote remarkable realistic works that became models of American Naturalism and Impressionism. Crane' Red Badge of Courage and Maggie a Girl of the Streets are American classics.
THE THIRD VIOLET was Crane's sixth book. The Appleton edition slightly precedes the British. Crane's novel explores with penetration and wry humor the Bohemian lives and often hopeless passions of a poor young landscape painter for a beautiful heiress in New York.
Near Fine condition: Square and tight copy without internal markings. Cover is bright with very light soil and minimal darkening (as is typical). Light uniform page-toning. Deckled page edges. Clean engraved bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Topstain faded. BAL 4078; Stallman 13; Wright III, 1258.