Mosses from an Old Manse. In Two Parts. Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Mosses from an Old Manse. In Two Parts.

1846. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846.

12mo, 2 vols. in 1: (i-vi), (1)-207, (i-vi), (1)-211 pp. Original blind-stamped publisher’s cloth, patterned endpapers, cloth faded and lightly spotted with a little wear to the backstrip and tips, generally bright and clean within with only very occasionally spotting. Old description tipped onto front free endpaper, monogram bookplate of Annie Burr Jennings on front free endpaper with motto “Otium sine literis mors est” (leisure without literature is death). Slipcase.

§ First edition, single volume edition, earliest printing with the Smith and Craighead imprints on the versos of both title-pages and p.212 of Vol 2. blank. Issued as Nos. XVII-XVIII of Wiley and Putnam’s Library of American Books. A sound and unsophisticated copy of this collection of 23 short stories, named for the home where Hawthorne spent the first three years of his marriage. BAL 7598. Clark A15.1.a1. The bookplate is that of Annie Burr Jennings (1855-1939), the New York philanthropist and heir to a Standard Oil fortune. A serious book collector, over 3000 volumes from her collection were donated to Yale in 1940 by her niece Annie Burr Auchincloss, wife of Wilmarth "Lefty" Lewis. Item #110541

Price: $750.00

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