"It sold finely and seems to have pleased a good many people."

    Nathaniel Hawthorne. The House of the Seven Gables, A Romance. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851.

    First edition, first printing. Small octavo. vi, 344 pages. Four-page publisher's catalog inserted at front.

    Publisher's brown T-cloth with gilt spine titles and blind-stamped decorations to boards (BAL Binding E with the A printing of the inserted catalog dated March 1851, the last entry on page 3 reading "Poems of / "). Pale yellow endpapers. Minor rubbing and minimal loss of cloth to extremities. A few small spots to the boards. Slightly shelf-cocked. Front free endpaper missing after the publisher's catalog. Scattered minor foxing. All in all, a very good copy.

    One of 1,690 first printing copies of Hawthorne's great gothic romance. The author said of his follow-up to The Scarlet Letter, which took him ten months to write in 1851, that it "sold finely and seems to have pleased a good many people."

    BAL 7604.

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