War Is Kind
Seller ID: 901
New York: Frederick Stokes, 1899. First edition (96 pp.), designed and illustrated by Will Bradley. An interesting Association Copy with the ownership stamp on the ffep of James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line ('James Jones/ 1 Beech Street Lane/ Marshall, Illinois'). Unlike Crane, whose experience of war was either imaginary (The Red Badge of Courage) or that of a journalist (Later he reported on the Spanish American War), James Jones' experience of war was intimate and personal (He witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and was wounded on Guadacanal). But the literary lineage of Jones' two 'war books' (as well as that of Mailer's Naked and the Dead) reaches back to Crane. Octavo, pictorial gray laid paper on boards, decoration and title on front cover; text printed on gray laid paper as on cover. More than twenty vignettes, head and tail pieces in handsome art nouveau style by Will Bradley (often considered some of Bradley's best work). The first and only edition of Crane's second (and last) collection of poems. Cover sunned along edges and spine, 4 cm title piece missing at spine top, o/s hinges with (repaired) splits; five ink 'improvements' to title on front cover. Clean and attractive internally. An important and scarce collection of Crane's poems with an interesting connection.
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