Boston: Ticknor and Fields 1860. First Edition, First Issue with adverts dated March 1860 in volume one; "Preface" precedes "Contents" and is dated Leamington, Dec. 15, 1859, and without the five page conclusion to volume two, which oocurs in the second issue. Elegantly bound by Riviere in full dark blue crushed morocco with raised bands to spine, gilt titles and inner dentelles, t.e.g., marbled endpapers, ornate gilt monogram to uppers, original cloth bound in at rear. Internally clean, bindings presentable but with dry and weak joints. An attractive and inexpensive copy. The last of Hawthorne's romances, the novel focuses 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 #44325
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