Item #19396 An Essay on Dancing. Dance Panic, J. Townley Crane.

An Essay on Dancing.

New-York: Published by Lane & Scott, 1852. Later printing; the first appeared in 1849. 12mo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt lettering, 132 pages. Cloth just a trifle worn; some light foxing and soiling; a very good copy. Item #19396

“No man of sense would frequent a ballroom to select a wife, sooner than he would sail up the Delaware on a whaling expedition. If he looks in upon the dance, it is with the same motive that he enters a menagerie. He may wander around among the fluttering mass of paint, feathers, and padding, and look upon them with as much interest, possibly, as he would look at the glossy plumes of he stuffed birds in a museum, but he would think of wedding the one almost as soon as the other.” The twisted roots perhaps of American naturalism in fiction, a graphic moral attack on social dance from the clergyman father of Stephen Crane. This copy with the production error of the text block bound into its boards upside-down. Ownership signature dated 1921 on the front free endpaper.

Price: $125.00