Nathaniel Hawthorne's Second Book in Publisher's Fragile BindingHawthorne, Nathaniel. Twice-Told Tales. Boston: American Stationers Co., 1837. First edition of Hawthorne's second book. One of only 1000 copies printed. Octavo. 334 pages. Publisher's rose cloth stamped in a blind floral pattern with gilt spine titles. Complete with four pages of advertisements preceding title and the 16 page publisher's catalogue at end. Minor strengthening to spine extremities. Front hinge cracked. Rear hinge split with broken cords and the rear free endpaper partially detached. Rear joint split two and one-half-inches. Scattered small stains and foxing. Tiny area of worming at rear, not affecting text. A very good copy in the notoriously fragile publisher's binding. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase. All these tales first appeared in The Token or the New England Magazine, and were assembled and edited by Hawthorne for this collection. 1,000 copies were published in March 1837. BAL 7581; Clark A 2.1; Grolier American 44.
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