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Lot 16

Hawthorne's Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne ILLUSTRATED by Arthur Rackham c. 1940

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Hawthorne's Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne ILLUSTRATED by Arthur Rackham c. 1940


Description: Published by Garden City Books, Garden City, New York. Early printing; no date. Bright orange full-cloth boards, large color plate mounted to front cover w/orange titles, black spine titles and design. It contains 277 pages. Pictorial endpapers of young lad and lady approaching tree w/silhouette in foreground of mercury atop pedestal and young satyr-like being sitting upon foundation. Bind good, moderate cant; hinges intact. Illustrated with seven full-color plates printed in rich hues, and variously sized b&w decorative headers and tailpieces throughout. Presented here by Hawthorne are a half dozen of the classical myths rendered into very essential reading for children. A great freedom of treatment was necessary rendering these legends into malleable forms remaining same or similar in their essence having existed for the past two or three millennia. But, by their indestructibility are legitimate subjects for every age to clothe with its own garnish of manners and sentiment, and imbue with its own morality. In these fables of Hawthorne, they assume a Gothic or romantic guise and meeting the comprehension of children. It is only the artificial and complex that bewilder them, while their imaginative senses rise deep and high for elemental of these legends. Contents include: The Gorgon's Head; The Golden Touch; The Paradise of Children; The Three Golden Apples; The Miraculous Pitcher; The Chimaera. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel later added the "w" to his surname. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe in 1828. He published several short stories in 1837 as Twice-Told Tales. The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody, worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community. Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works feature moral allegories with Puritan inspiration. His works are considered part of dark romanticism in the Romantic Movement and his themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, often with deep psychological complexity. Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and the bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request

  • Condition: Very Good Condition with no missing or torn pages. The cover has some wear (see pics)
  • Dimensions: 6-5/8" x 8-7/8"

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