The Blithdale Romance. Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Blithdale Romance

Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Field, 1852. First edition. Hardcover. 288 pages. 16.5 x 12 cm. BAL binding A. Ahearn notes the first American edition, which this is as having "4 pages of ads at end," but here, the advertisements are positioned at the front of the volume between the paste-down endpaper and the free endpaper with date of July, 1852. This novel set in a utopian farming commune dramatizes the conflict between the commune's ideals and the members' private desires and romantic rivalries. Early inked signature front cover paste-down. First few leaves with minor spotting, text balance bright and fresh. Orig. brown publisher's cloth sharp, with front and back cover decorations in blind, backstrip lettered in gilt. Near Fine. Item #22615

Price: $450.00

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