Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. First edition, second printing. Hardcover. 283; 16; 284pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Original brown cloth with blind stamped designs on the spine and covers, and gilt stamped titles on the spines. Good. The extremities are gently rubbed, and the spines are rolled. Minor fading to the extremities. The spine ends and corners of the covers are bumped. The underlying boards are exposed at the corners. are several very small splits in the cloth at the spine ends. The front free endsheets have a contemporary owner's name, along with a date, in faint pen. The endsheets are very subtly stained, and the front free endsheet of volume 1 has multiple small areas of abrasion and several thin dark stains. There are numerous very tiny dot-like stains on the bottom edge of the text block of volume 2. The text blocks are cracked multiple times, and the underlying cords are visible in many of the margins, and along the hinges of the endsheets. Browned pages. Item #34241
Nathaniel Hawthorne is most known for his gothic romance, The Scarlet Letter. He was friends with some of New England’s finest intellectuals including Amos Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson who was also well known in the Transcendentalist movement.