1851. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851.
12mo, (i-viii), (9)-344 pp. Original blind-stamped publisher’s cloth, yellow endpapers, cloth lightly stained, worn at board tips, headcap chipped, hinges cracked, old description tipped onto title page. Former owner’s name in faded ink on front pastedown; 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 of Hawthorne's great gothic novel. The story of the cursed Pyncheon family and the weaving of guilty secrets into domestic architecture heavily influenced H.P. Lovecraft. Second printing, distinguished only by reset type on pg 149, no ads. An unsophisticated copy. BAL 7604. Clark A17.1.b 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 #110542