Very Good. Item #5626
New York: Macmillan and Company, 1893. First Edition. 24mo (5.25" x 3.75"); 108pp +8pp ads. Portrait frontis with tissue guard. Mottled blue gray linen boards with black and red lettering and illustration. Front board board bumped at top corner with an adjacent run to cloth. Boards otherwise smudged with a few small spots and darkening to spine. Opens easily to center, but binding is sturdy. Pages unmarked.
Popular American novelist Francis Marion Crawford's small treatise on the form and defense of his style and approach to it. Notable for his stance that "A novel is a maketable commodity...of the class 'intellectual artistic luxuries,'" and that "romantic" and "realist" modes, which he was adept at combining, need not be exclusive of one another.
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire. [BAL 4175].