London: Smith, Elder and co., 1860. First Edition. Three volumes, octavo. Bound in recent half brown calf over marbled paper boards, with raised bands, red title label and black volume label to spine. A very attractive triple-decker novel. Internally clean and free from spotting. Published in the United States as The Marble Faun, this is the last of Hawthorne's romances, focusing on four protagonists whose names (Miriam, Hilda, Kenyon, and Donatello) may give some indication of the novel's themes. Set in Italy and inspired by Hawthorne's year-long holiday there in 1858, the novel was critized at the time for its languorous pace. It is also mildly fantastical, and consequently appears on the Bleiler list, which now may seem to be its most interesting feature. It is unsual in having inspired works by both Henry James and H.P. Lovecraft. Item #43237
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