THE LEGEND OF MADAME KRASINSKA. Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1903. Small octavo, pp. [1-8] [i-iv] v-viii [ix-xii] 13-75 [76-77] [78: blank] [79: colophon] [80-88: blank], title page printed in red and black, cream wrappers printed in red and black. First separate edition. Limited to 425 copies. A psychological horror story set in Italy in which the aristocratic Madame Krasinska gradually discovers "that she was herself no longer," but has become the legendary Sora Lena -- whose picture she had seen and who she had impersonated at a costume ball -- an old beggar woman who lost her two sons in the battle of Solferino and, having lost her wits as a result, goes each day to the railway station to meet them. One of the three stories published in VANITAS: POLITE STORIES (London: Heinemann, 1892). Collected later in THE SNAKE LADY AND OTHER STORIES (New York: Grove Press, 1954). A fine copy. Probably lacking a paper slipcase. (#164411).
"FOUR HUNDRED AND TWEN-/TY-FIVE COPIES OF THIS / BOOK HAVE BEEN PRINTED / ON JAPAN VELLUM, AND TYPE / DISTRIBUTED, IN THE MONTH / OF AUGUST, A. D. MDCCCCIII, / AT THE PRESS OF GEORGE D. / LORING, PORTLAND, MAINE" on colophon page.