New York: Harper and Brothers, 1899. First Edition. An ambitious and controversial "problem novel" by the Kentucky-born feminist author/actress, dealing with such Victorian taboos as consanguinous sexuality, birth-control, and suicide; the book's frank portrayal of a Southern family's degeneracy led one contemporary critic to describe it as "...a nightmare begotten on a reading of Nietzsche’s philosophy." WRIGHT III 4584. Third issue with last page number (523) removed and author's name present on title page. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's green cloth stamped in red and gilt on spine and front cover; ,522pp. A few small faint soil spots to textblock extremities, else Near Fine.