Title Septemius Felton or the Elixir of Life
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Boston James Osgood 1872
Seller ID 001637
Here is an outstanding copy of the First edition and First printing of Septimius Felton. There were only 3000 copies of this book printed on June 24,1872. Hawthorne had left this book incomplete, in two drafts, at his death. Una, Hawthorne's daughter, and the poet and friend of Hawthorne's, Robert Browning, prepared the first draft for the 1872 publication. The novel is considered to be a "fragmentary" novel and is part of The Elixer of Life manuscripts which were first published in complete form in 1977. In this book Hawthorne explores themes of immortality and it is a wonderful story. This volume is in near fine condition with very minor shelfwear to the extreme top and bottom of the spine. The gold lettering on the spine is bright and beautiful. The blindstamped bands at the top and bottom of the binding and wrapping around the spine are clear and show very little fading. The textblock is extremely clean with no foxing. There is a little raggedness to the outer edge of the title page and the preface page. The very last page of the text shows a little missing paper to the outer edge but it does not interfere with the text. I have not seen another copy of this book in as well-preserved a state as this. This is Clarke A29.a and the primary Point of Issue for the first printing is that on page 42 line 18 the word "it" is missing the "i" and only a "t" is present. I believe that the endpapers have been replaced in this copy at some time in the past. This is a Really great copy of a work from an American Literary Master. We are pleased to send pictures on request.