Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. Large paper edition limited to 500 copies, of which this is 431. Twenty two volumes bound in half blue morocco over marbled boards with gilt to spines. Some sunning to spines and light rubbing at hinges; some hinges tender but overall tight and square. Internally clean and unmarked, featuring extensive illustrations.
Famous for his moody, gothic style, Nathaniel Hawthorne helped define American romanticism. While his novel The Scarlet Letter launched his career and is considered a classic today, his other works are of equal merit. Throughout his short stories and novels, Hawthorne frequently returned to questions of his Puritan heritage; and some of his most important work considered the individual and social tragedies that result from religious orthodoxy and conservatism. "Contrary to the meticulous social realism that dominated European prose of the nineteenth century, Hawthorne's tales explore problems of sin, guilt, and hypocrisy through allegory and emphasis on the supernatural...Hawthorne's works offer a probing investigation into the psychology of an America moving beyond its Puritan past and toward a more inclusive national identity" (NE Encyclopedia). Near Fine (Item #2788)