Two First EditionsNathaniel Hawthorne. The House of the Seven Gables, A Romance. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851.
First editions. Small octavo. vi, 344 pages.
This lot contains two copies of the same book, both first editions and both in roughly the same condition. Both are in full brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind-stamped decorations to boards. Pale yellow endpapers. Both are scuffed and worn along the edges. Both copies have chipped spine ends which have been repaired. Both copies are in good condition and come housed together in a custom gilt-stamped quarter leather and cloth drop-back box.
The copies offered here are both first editions but are different issues.
Copy 1: The first copy is most likely a first edition, second issue, per Ahearn and BAL (last letters on first two lines are present on page 149; "t" is not present in "apparent" on page 50 and "r" is not present in "or" on page 278, but Ahearn notes that the type is beginning to degrade during the second issue and in some copies these letters are dropped; inserted catalogue is dated March 1851).
Copy 2: This copy is a first edition, but is a later, undetermined issue (points as above except that the inserted catalogue is dated July 1852).
Ahearn page 303. BAL 7604.
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