THE WHITE CROWN AND OTHER STORIES. Herbert Ward.

THE WHITE CROWN AND OTHER STORIES. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-336, fly leaves at front and rear, original decorated navy blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver, gray coated endpapers. First edition. A collection of short fiction including criminous and fantastic stories. The title story is an antiwar fantasy with religious overtones and a slight narrative frame set in a utopian future (2894) after war has been abolished. "The Semaphore" is a railroad adventure story. "A Romance of the Faith" depicts the conflict between Chaldean pagans and early Judaism. "The Equation of a Failure," in tracing the life and death of an alcoholic college man (who cooks up some nitroglycerine after a mining accident), offers a meditation on the inscrutable workings of Providence. Above average material. Hubin (1994), p. 839. Wright (III) 5774. Slight spine lean, lower corner tips rubbed, a very good copy with bright cover stamping. (#149722).

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