“IF I COLLAPSE, IT WILL BE FOR ETERNITY”: FIRST EDITION OF HERGESHEIMER’S BRIGHT SHAWL
HERGESHEIMER, Joseph. The Bright Shawl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. Octavo, original maroon cloth lettered in gilt, original pictorial dust jacket. Housed in custom slipcase and chemise. $400.
First edition of Joseph Hergesheimer’s romantic novel of the Cuban revolt.
Bright Shawl depends much on the picturesque setting of the West Indies and the violence of revolt for its vigor. “Clifton Fadiman spoke of Hergesheimer as ‘the [John Singer] Sargent of the modern American novel,’ thus capturing perfectly the attention to detail and colour in his prose.” Bookplates.
Book fine, light soiling and minor chipping to original dust jacket. A near-fine copy.