Item #1351 Twice-Told Tales. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Twice-Told Tales
Hawthorne's "Twice-Told Tales"

Twice-Told Tales

Boston: American Stationers Co., 1837. First edition. Original cloth over boards. Duodecimo. 334 pages (with 4 pages ads at front, 12 pages ads at back). Mild scattered foxing, some extremity rubs and shallow chips to cloth along board edges. Hinges not cracked but joints have a few splits.

Hawthorne's third publication in book form and the first to bear his name. This collection of 18 stories won immediate recognition for its author, though all had previously appeared in annuals or magazines. Hawthorne himself assembled and edited them for this collection.

The included story "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe" is very close to being a detective story in the purest sense. Indeed, none other than Edgar Allan Poe, (whose "Murders in the Rue Morgue," published four years later, and often credited with the first modern detective story) called Hawthorne's story "vividly original and managed most dexterously."

One of just 1,000 copies printed. Tall copy with bright original gilt on spine. In custom black Morocco-backed cloth slipcase with bands and gilt titles to spine, with book in inner chemise. Two prior owner bookplates--1) that of Carolyn Wells, prolific author, and co-author of the first bibliography of Walt Whitman and 2) that of early 20th century Unitarian minister, Louis H. Buckshorn.

A very well-preserved copy of this scarce early Hawthorne book.

Ref. CLARK A2.1; BAL 7581.


Item #1351

Price: $4,500

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