The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 347 pp. Near fine. Item #210503007

"The House of Seven Gables", being part fictionalized history, part literature, and part supernatural, was immediately acclaimed upon publication and has remained both widely read and influential. H.P. Lovecraft called it "New England's greatest contribution to wierd literature".

Contemporaries of Hawthorne were loud in their praise: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called it "a weird, wild book, like all he [Hawthorne] writes"; Fanny Kemble "reported that the book caused a sensation in England equal to Jane Eyre." Herman Melville wrote to Hawthorne: "We think that into no recorded mind has the intense feeling of the visible truth ever entered more deeply than into this man's (i.e., the author)."

The family in the novel - the Pyncheons - were an actual family and the "house of seven gables" an actual house. The family lent its name only, and Hawthorne did not base his characters upon that family; however, the house (which can still today be seen in Salem, Massachusetts) belonged to Hawthorne's cousin, whom he visited often (n.b., above quotes and much of the information from Wiki).

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), who was born in Salem, achieved literary fame with the publication of "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) which "was immediately hailed as a work of genius and America’s first major novel" (n.b., quote from the online American National Biography). He wrote many novels and short stories which are still read today, including "The Scarlet Letter", "Twice-Told Tales", "Tanglewood Tales", and "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys".

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown ribbed cloth over boards, with ruled borders and decorations debossed in blind on both boards, the spine with gilt lettering and blind ruled borders, yellow coated endpapers with the publisher's ads bound in between the front pastedown endpaper and the front free endpaper; duodecimo size (7 3/8" by 4 7/8"), pagination: [4 pp. publisher's ads dated March, 1851 bound between the front endpapers], [i-iii] iv-viii, 9-344.

___CONDITION: Near fine overall, the boards free of soil but with some old damp spots, the corners straight and without rubbing (note that we had a professional (name available upon request) restore the corners, head and tail of the spine, all of which are now sturdy), a strong text block with solid hinges although slightly cocked, the interior is clean with just a few specks of foxing and some very light toning, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; a near fine example of this fascinating novel with Gothic elements.

___CITATIONS: BAL no. 7604, Binding A (with lettering at tail of spine 1/8" high), Publisher's Catalogue dated March, 1851; Clark A.17.1.a (with correct typographical issue points); Clute & Grant p. 457.

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