Boston: American Stationers Co., John B. Russell, 1837.
First edition. Publisher’s circular device on title-page. [4, ads], -334, , [16, catalogue] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. His Second Book, Doheny Copy. Publisher's old-rose AR-like cloth, title stamped in gilt to spine. Light wear and staining to covers, spine a touch faded, minor foxing throughout. Housed in custom half crimson morocco slipcase and chemise. BAL 7581; Clarke A2.1; Wilson 129. Provenance: Estelle Doheny (bookplate). Item #312373
Hawthorne’s second book, and although it was not the dismal failure that Fanshawe had been, it attracted hardly any notice when it was issued thus in 1837. Now, of course, it is one of the most famous collections of short fiction in American literature.
Vincent Starrett said of the story "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe": "it comes close to becoming a detective story in the purest sense" and Edgar Allan Poe said the story is "vividly original and managed most dexterously" (see Queen's Quorum, p. 10).
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