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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by  Nathaniel Hawthorne - First Edition, Second Issue - 1852 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Condition: Bound by STIKEMAN & CO. in three quarter blue morocco, richly gilt spines, raised bands, t.e.g., with the original publisher


Boston: Ticknbor, Reed, and Fields, 1852. First Edition, Second Issue. 256pp. 12mo. Bound by STIKEMAN & CO. in three quarter blue morocco, richly gilt spines, raised bands, t.e.g., with the original publishers' brown cloth covers bound in. From the library of Agnes Neustadt, with her bookplate. About fine. First Edition, Second Issue. 256pp. 12mo. BAL 7606; Parley to Penrod p. 6


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years travelling in New England and writing short stories before his best-known novel The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the US in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.His interest in Greek mythology led him to suggest to Longfellow in 1838 that they collaborate on a story for children based on the legend of Pandora's Box, but this never materialized. He wrote A Wonder-Book between April and July 1851, adapting six legends most freely from Charles Anton's A Classical Dictionary (1842). He set out deliberately to 'modernize' the stories, freeing them from what he called 'cold moonshine' and using a romantic, readable style that was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children.Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was born in south London, the fourth of twelve children. He worked as an office clerk before becoming a full-time illustrator in 1893. His reputation was established with the publication of his illustrations to the Grimm fairy tales in 1900. Thereafter some ninety books appeared with his distinctive pictures, including A Wonder Book in 1922.


  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 306830
  • Title: A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys
  • Author: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  • Format/binding:256pp. 12mo
  • Book condition: Used - Bound by STIKEMAN & CO. in three quarter blue morocco, richly gilt spines, raised bands, t.e.g., with the original publisher
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition, Second Issue
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ticknbor, Reed, and Fields
  • Place: Boston
  • Date published: 1852
  • Keywords: Children's Books | American
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;


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