A Beautiful First Edition Copy

    Stephen Crane. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: D. Appleton, 1895. First edition, first printing with page [235] advertising the three works of "Gilbert Parker's Best Books", and the last page of advertisements (page [238]) ending with The Land of the Sun, by Christian Reid; last gathering, including ads on laid paper. Octavo. [ii], 233, [1], [235-238, catalog]. Title page in red and black. Publisher's tan cloth, lettered and decorated in red, black and gilt, red and black title and device on spine, upper edge yellow. Ex-libris bookplate of Donald G. Drapkin with interlocking "DGD" on front pastedown. Housed in a quarter morocco custom book-style slipcase, five raised bands with gilt titles and date in compartments. Binding lightly soiled and sunned, slight rubbing at extremities. Vertical crack on front pastedown endpaper along inner edge. Title page with two inch vertical crease ending in a small tear along lower section of gutter. Adhesive reinforcement to title page along gutter with small paper lift. Contemporary owner's signature in ink on front free endpaper. Outer margin tears in second and seventh leaf of the fifth gathering, not affecting text. Pages with light edge wear and few thumb creases. Overall a wonderful example. From the collection of Donald Carter.

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