Crane, Hart. The Bridge. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1981. Limited Edition (489 of 2,000 copies). Hardcover. Condition (Book/DJ): Near fine / Near fine.
Signed on the colophon by the photographer Richard Benson. The wonderful paper used on the slipcase and for the endpapers was created by Carol J. Blinn and it evokes the flow of water under the bridge, the other two faces of the slipcase are covered with an elegant gray cloth also used for the boards. The slipcase has light sunning at the leading edge, all four corners have light rubbing, a tad of rubbing on the leading edge as well. The boards, with the title impressed on the front, are sunned on the spine, nice bookplate on the front free endpapers. Includes the Limited Editions Club monthly letter.
The Bridge was inspired by New York City's "poetry landmark", the Brooklyn Bridge. Crane lived for some time at 110 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn, where he had an excellent view of the bridge; only after The Bridge was finished did Crane learn that one of its key builders, Washington Roebling, had once lived at the same address.