FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF HAWTHORNE’S WORKS
HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Works. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. Fourteen volumes. Octavo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, pale orange endpapers. $1850.
First collected edition of Hawthorne’s works in original publisher’s cloth, with frontispiece portrait in Volume One.
“Hawthorne has long been recognized as a classic interpreter of the spiritual history of New England… he was a leader in the development of the short story as a distinctive genre” (Hart, 320-21). Known as the “Tinted Edition” “apparently from the parchment-tinted ‘tint & laid’ paper” (Clark. 343), this collection includes the major novels as well as the short stories and sketches. True Stories From History and Biography, A Wonder-Book, and Tanglewood Tales (Volumes 12-14) with numerous engraved illustrations. An additional nine volumes, bound to match the Ticknor set, were later issued by a different publisher. Ticknor format D binding with classical male figure center inside rules frame. Clark, 343. Owner book labels; owner signatures.
Light damp staining to preliminary leaves of Volume I and concluding leaves of Volume 9. Front inner paper hinge of Volume 13 reinforced. Light wear to spine ends. A near-fine set, quite handsome in original publisher’s cloth.