A Rare Early Hawthorne WorkNathaniel Hawthorne. The Gentle Boy: A Thrice Told Tale; With an Original Illustration. Boston: Weeks, Jordon & Co., 1839.
First separate edition. Oblong quarto. 20 pages. With an illustration by Sophia Peabody, later to become Hawthorne's wife, and to whom Hawthorne dedicated this publication.
Original printed wrappers. Housed in a blue custom half morocco slipcase and chemise with gilt spine titles inside five raised bands. Foxing to covers. Tiny fore-edge marginal stain. Professionally cleaned and restored, front wrapper with a couple of Japanese tissue repairs to verso. Slipcase stained. Very good condition.
This story originally appeared in The Token, and later in Twice Told Tales.
BAL 7587. Clark A2.2a.
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