Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. An excellent early example (published the same year as the first), Clark's fourth printing, in BAL binding E. 8vo: viii,9-344pp, p. 341 misnumbered 34. Early book plate of Douglas Frost, Jr. to front paste down. Original blind-stamped brown T cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow end papers. Head and foot of spine skillfully restored, else a firmly bound, clean, bright copy, all but without flaw. BAL 7604. Clark A17.1.d. Browne, p. 41. Johnson & Blanck, p. 223. Grolier Hawthorne 24. Clute & Grant (Encyclopedia) p. 457. Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror, pp. 196-99 ("a remarkable panoply of Gothic devices"). Wright II, 1135. Fine. Item #BB1910
Hawthorne's theme, announced in the preface, is “that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones." The book traces the interactions of the Pyncheon and Maule families from the time of the Salem witchcraft trials to Hawthorne’s own time in Salem. On March 11, 1851, Hawthorne wrote to his sister Elizabeth, "The book, I think, has more merit than The Scarlet Letter; but it will hardly make so much noise as that." According to the publisher's records, there were four printings in 1851, this, the fourth, numbering only 1,000 copies. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).