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Wonder Book, Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Author Name    Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Title   Wonder Book

Binding   Decorative Cloth

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Edition   First Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   London Henry Bohn 1852

Seller ID   001375

Here is the Beautiful First English edition of The Wonder Book. The First American edition was published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields on November 15th, 1851 and this First English edition was published by Henry G. Bohn on December 22nd, 1851, less than a month later. So although the title page reads 1852 this is actually an 1851 printing. This copy is in the special "Gift" binding with fine blindstamping to the red boards and a wonderful gilt decoration to the front board. The gilt decoration and lettering on the spine is somewhat faded but it can be easily read. There have been very minor repairs to this copy at the extreme top and bottom of the spine where it had become frayed. The volume has the original pale yellow endpapers and the textblock is clean with no foxing. There are a couple of spots of foxing to some of the plates but it is really virtually non-existent. This is one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's most beloved works and it is still enjoyed by children of all ages. The stories are based on mythology and each one has a lesson to teach. An important and rare piece of American Literary History. We are pleased to send pictures on request.

Price = 495.00 USD



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