1900 · New York
First printing of this "new edition," revised and with a new preface and with => 100 charming illustrations by Hugh Thomson, best known for his illustrations of works by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Recluse Adam's lifelong dedication to nature troubles his romance with society girl Georgianna; when she requests the capture of a Kentucky cardinal, Adam struggles between his respect for nature and his love for her. He ultimately chooses Georgianna and their love suffers, but then grows as a result.
James Lane Allen's depiction of Kentucky's people and culture won him the title of => "Kentucky's first important novelist." A Kentucky Cardinal and its sequel, Aftermath, were his third and fourth novels published.
Binding: Publisher's hunter green cloth with gilt lettering and all-over decoration of foliage and cardinals to front board and spine. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed; top edge gilt. Bound as above; spine faded and light rubbing to rear board. Very minor crack at front hinge (inside) and another minor crack at gutter, p. 46; interior clean. => A lovingly illustrated tale in a beautiful binding. (Inventory #: 37532)