• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    CRANE, STEPHEN (1871-1900). The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Appleton, 1895.

    Price Realised  


    CRANE, STEPHEN (1871-1900). The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Appleton, 1895.

    8o. Title-page printed in black and red. Original tan buckram, front cover lettered and decorated in red, black and gilt, spine in black and red, top edge stained yellow, light brown endpapers; red cloth slipase. Provenance: E. Hubert Litchfield (bookplate); J.T. Chord (note from Charles Sessler stating provenance; his sale, Parke-Bernet, 9 April 1963, lot 89).

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, with the earliest state of the advertisements. "From reading Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, from no actual experience save his own struggles and failures, came this realistic picture of war, its truth vouchsafed for by veterans; but more than this, an extraordinary study of the common man amid the turmoil, clamor and distortion typified by war... It sold amazingly, and Crane rose to sudden fame. Its intensity, its startling yet inevitable descriptive phrase, struck a new note in American prose" (Allan Wescott, in Dictionary of American Biography.) BAL 4071; Grolier American 98. THE VERY FINE LITCHFIELD COPY.

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